The Town Council will discuss proposed changing the locations of three poling places for this fall’s elections on Tuesday. The agenda also includes the vote on the water/sewer rates. Beforehand, a Council subcommittee will discuss proposed changes to the Noise Ordinance.
The Town Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and will be held on Zoom and broadcast by Watertown Cable.
Town Clerk John Flynn is proposing moving the location of three precincts for the state primary on Sept. 1 and the the Nov. 3 Presidential Election. The precincts have been located at Hosmer School and Cunniff School, both of which are under construction.
Precinct 2, which normally votes at the Hosmer, will move to the Hellenic Cultural Center. The facility, located at 29 Bigelow Ave., already hosts voters from Precincts 1 and 3.
Flynn proposes moving two precincts that normally vote at Cunniff School (11 and 12) to the E. Joyce Munger Apartments at 100 Warren Street. The complex, owned by the Watertown Housing Authority, is just a few blocks east of the school.
The proposal heard by the Council in July calls for water and sewer rates to go up by 8.6 percent. The Council will hold a public hearing where people can comment, and then a vote will be taken.
Consultants hired by the Town recommended the increase, to not only fund Watertown’s water and sewer operations but would start a five year process of building up a 15 percent reserve fund.
See the full Town Council agenda, with links to reports, by clicking here.
The Town Council will be televised through WCATV (Watertown Cable Access Television): https://wcatv.org/government-channel/, and on Comcast Channel 99 and RCN Channel 13.
The public can join the meeting online at https://watertownma.zoom.us/j/92991331344, or by audio only on phones: at (877) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter Webinar ID: 929 9133 1344 #
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Changes to Watertown’s Noise Ordinance will be discussed during a joint meeting of the Human Services and Rules & Ordinances subcommittees beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Among the proposed changes include adding a section for “Noises which disturb the reasonable quiet, comfort, repose, or health of others.” This is proposed to be enforced between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Another addition would be an exception for the noise rules for “Religious, political or non-commercial public gatherings to the extent such activities are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Updating the Noise Ordinance has been an ongoing discussion for more than a year. One major addition is the noise standards, which include maximum levels of sound and the duration of the sound during different times of day and in different locations. For instance, a 65 decibel noise would be allowed for less than 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in residential districts. In an industrial zone, the level could be 75 decibels for 10 minutes during that time. At night, the maximum level would be 60 for residential area and 70 for industrial areas.
See the proposed Noise Ordinance by clicking here.
The subcommittee meeting on the Noise Ordinance will be televised through WCATV (Watertown Cable Access Television), http://wcatv.org/government-channel/, and on Comcast Channel 99 and RCN Channel 13.
The public can join the meeting online at https://watertownma.zoom.us/j/92991331344 or by audio only on phones: at (877) 853-5257 or (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free) and enter Webinar ID: 929 9133 1344 #
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