Four articles on Town Meeting warrant

The Board of Selectmen set the warrant for the Nov. 4 Special Town Meeting during its meeting Monday. The warrant contains four articles, according to Town Administrator David Kale. One article requests an appropriation to replace the field turf and fund other repairs at the Harris Field complex at Belmont High School. The Capital Budget Committee will decide on a dollar amount for the appropriation before the meeting. Another article relates to demolition delays for historic properties in Belmont. The article stipulates that if the owner of a property designated as historically significant applies for a demolition permit, the Historic District Commission must hold a public hearing to determine whether to order a delay while alternatives to razing are sought. Residential properties would be subject to a six-month delay, while commercial and institutional buildings would be protected for a year. Another article would require residents to remove snow and slush from their sidewalks by 8 p.m. on the day after a snowstorm, or remove ice by 8 p.m. the day after the ice forms. The article stipulates that residents on vacation during snowstorms would have until 8 p.m. the day after they return to clear their sidewalks. Residents would have to shovel a 36-inch-wide path to comply with the bylaw. The final article is a citizens’ petition that would govern yard sales and garage sales. If the article passes, residents would have to apply for a license to hold yard sales three days in advance. Residents would not be able to hold yard sales for more than two consecutive days, and the sales could only run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The article also stipulates that each residential property could only hold two yard sales per year. Special Town Meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School auditorium at 95 Washington St.