It is my honor to serve Lexington on the Select Board since 2013.
As a Member of the Board, I represent and work for the people of Lexington. I cherish Lexington’s diversity. I strive to engage all residents, to tap into the skills and talents of our entire community – both to make better policies and to create a sense of belonging and inclusion.
Working on hard problems is what I love to do. I strive to develop consensus, to engage all respectfully and equally, and to make sure all are welcomed.– Joe
As your Select Board Member, my priorities are to pursue: wise fiscal policy, environmental sustainability, and public safety for all. In pursuing these priorities, my approach is to avoid assumptions, dig for facts, and clarify – in a transparent manner – the issues for our community. Working on hard problems toward sustainable solutions is what I love to do. I believe in aligning support by stating a clear, open case and finding common interests collaboratively. I search for the value in every idea, and I value respectful closure when it’s time to move forward.
I would love to hear from you. Please contact me.
I hold my office hours as virtual meetings. To schedule a phone or online zoom meeting, please contact the Select Board’s office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 781-698-4580
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Latest BLOG entries
- LHS Building ProjectAttend the March 6, 2024 Community Meeting – online or in person at Battin Hall in the Cary Memorial Building at 6:30 PM. Online access info for the Zoom session will be available at https://lhsproject.lexingtonma.org How much do you know about the LHS building project? Visit the project web site to learn about why we… Read More »
- Lexington High School Building Project Community Forum 11/21Would you like to learn more about the new Lexington High School building project? Join us for a Community Forum Tuesday, November 21, 6:30–8:30pm Join us in person: Cary Memorial Building, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA Or participate virtually via Zoom Meeting will include a welcome and introductions by Dr. Julie Hackett, project overview, preliminary… Read More »
- Lexington Center Workshop — The Journey ForwardJoin us on November 17 and 18 for a unique event bringing together residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders to discuss and identify implementable priorities for the future of Lexington Center. Help Plan the Future of Lexington Center In September 2022, the Planning Board adopted LexingtonNEXT — the Comprehensive Plan, which includes a plan for Lexington’s economic vitality… Read More »
- Testimony on H.3775 at the hearing of the Joint Committee on HousingH.3775 An Act reorganizing the Lexington Housing Assistance Board, Inc Joseph Pato, Lexington Select Board Chair6/26/2023 Greetings I stand before you to convey the unanimous and enthusiastic support of the Select Board for this petition. A petition authorized by a 97% favorable vote at Town Meeting. Lexington has a long and proud history of stepping… Read More »
- Lexington Initiates Housing Feasibility Study on Town-Owned LandThe Town has contracted with LDa Architecture & Interiors, LLP to prepare a report on the initial feasibility of constructing housing on three Town-owned parcels. This study is funded by a state budget earmark of $200,000 to investigate the feasibility of entering into a public-private partnership with a developer to build much-needed housing, including affordable… Read More »
- Composting and Waste ReductionLexington staff are hosting two events in May as part of the Town’s efforts to reduce waste. Curbside Compost Pilot Launch Event – May 16 @ 6:00 PM The Town of Lexington is happy to announce the launch of a curbside composting pilot program. The program will allow 2,000 Lexington households to sign up for… Read More »
- How to Protect our TreesIs Lexington doing enough to protect its tree canopy? This video shared by the Lexington Climate Action Network outlines concerns for tree canopy loss. What are your reactions – are there approaches we should be pursuing to better protect our trees? This year’s Town Meeting will be considering one way of strengthening our protections –… Read More »
- Open Letter Regarding the Effects of Housing Expansion on School EnrollmentTo: Planning Board and Planning DirectorFrom: Joe Pato and Rod Cole, members of the LPS Enrollment Working Group As the community considers proposed zoning amendments to comply with the new multifamily zoning requirement for MBTA communities in the Zoning Act (MGL Chapter 40A Section 3A), some residents have raised concerns about the potential effects on… Read More »
- Reduce Waste and Trash CostsImage designed by macrovector / Freepik How to properly dispose of waste is everyone’s challenge. The costs for town provided waste hauling and disposal for waste (up 21%) and recycling (up 28%) are jumping and creating difficulties for the Town’s budget. To manage about a $1 Million increase in these costs, fees are being considered… Read More »
- Center Bike Node CompleteCompleted over the summer and fall, the new bike node adjacent to Grain Mill Alley and the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is now active. The node includes a repair station with tools and an air pump, a solar-powered device charging bench, and a set of racks for parking bikes in the center. The Dero Fixit Station… Read More »
- Food Insecurity ResourcesEarly this year the Select Board approved allocation of a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the issue of food insecurity in Lexington. The Human Services Department will be utilizing some of these funds to disburse Wegmans grocery gift cards to families in need. In the coming week, all Lexington… Read More »
- Town Meeting 2023 Warrant Is Now OpenThe warrant for the 2023 Annual Town Meeting is now open. Citizens may submit articles for consideration by filing a citizen’s petition by the end of business on Friday, December 16, 2022. For information on how to write and file a citizen’s petition see the guides on the town web site. Citizen Petition Timeline for… Read More »
- New Waste Disposal Ban Regulations for Textiles and MattressesBeginning on November 1, new regulations in Massachusetts ban the disposal of textiles and mattresses in the trash, as well as decrease food waste from businesses and institutions. Massachusetts previously had a food waste ban on businesses disposing of one ton or more per week, and these regulations lower that threshold to a half-ton per… Read More »
- Campaign 2022I am unopposed in the 2022 Municipal Election, but I still attend campaign forums and respond to questions from interested organizations. My Campaign Statements page keeps a cumulative collection of questions and responses I provided at these events. Some elections, however, are contested and I recommend you learn about the candidates for School Committee and… Read More »
- Town-wide SurveyJoin over 1250 of your neighbors who have already filled out the 2022 Town-wide survey. The Vision for Lexington Committee invites all residents to participate in a survey about Lexington’s community, services, and government. The Committee has conducted this survey at five-year intervals to inform the town’s governing bodies and staff about citizen’s perceptions, interests,… Read More »