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Why am I backing Guy Carbone for Selectman?

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Guy has the precise experience, listening skills and honesty that Belmont needs now.

  • He is a registered professional engineer, renowned lawyer, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College graduate and retired Colonel in the Corps of Engineers. As Colonel, his staff relied on his engineering experience and decision-making skills, resulting in enduring Corps projects.
  • With three MIT under- and post-graduate degrees and a Suffolk Law degree (JD), his law practice focuses on architecture/engineering/construction; he speaks and understands the language of all those areas.

When Belmont’s new fire stations were involved in a lawsuit as a result of leaks, Guy found a solution after he had identified a contractual non-compliance issue caused not by his client, but by a different sub-contractor.  Guy’s actions saved Belmont $1 million.     Read the rest of this entry »

OPEB — Complex Issue, Complex Discussion

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A one minute answer during an important debate is not the best way to discuss a complex issue.  OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) and how Belmont should pay for these retiree obligations is an exceedingly complex subject and deserves a more complete discussion than it was possible to provide at the League of Women Voters Debate.

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Cushing Village & Cushing Square

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That long delayed project, Cushing Village, is finally underway.  When it has been completed, it will revitalize Cushing Square.  Toll Brothers will be responsible for construction and Chris Starr, the original developer, whose efforts to obtain working partners failed repeatedly, will deal with commercial properties in the complex.  Demolition has begun, site remediation is underway.  While not perfect, this is real progress.

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What About Capital Projects?

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Dealing with Belmont’s development needs will require balancing to be fiscally responsible while we make decisions for the timely remediation of our failing buildings.  Belmont’s properties and land sites — specifically the incinerator site, old light building, high school (and ice rink on its campus), library and police station —are all in dire need of attention. In addition, roads and sidewalks require work and budgetary needs must be met.  All in all, Belmont faces a daunting set of concerns. However, opportunities exist to both reinvigorate our land and building use and meet the rest of our development needs.  In other words, the two can co-exist and flourish.

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The High School & More – Belmont Citizen Answer

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As your Selectman, I would prefer debt exclusions to overrides for all four capital projects – High School, DPW, library and police station. Yes, each of these projects, in addition to the community path, skating rink and a remediated incinerator site, requires experienced attention. However, we must have a plan which prioritizes and balances the town-wide need with the ability to pay and public safety. I strongly believe that a high school feasibility study should include a comprehensive campus that includes athletic facilities and parking. The soon-to-be proposed community path must not be forgotten.

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Royal Belmont (Uplands) Flooding Risk

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It is very important that storm water and drainage be managed properly.  Because of this I have reviewed the design of the subsurface storm water storage and disposal system in the Royal Belmont complex in the Uplands. Read the rest of this entry »

Belmont – A Green Community

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I support strategies that let neighborhoods adopt more efficient and eco-friendly ways of living; an eco-friendly community is only as strong as its residents.  Thus, I will preserve Belmont’s undeveloped land and increase recreational space for all generations.  I will help to set policies that encourage more homeowners and residents to adopt “green technology” such as solar energy and electric cars.   Read the rest of this entry »