Town Meeting Central
Annual Town Meeting will be held indoors on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Monomoy Regional Middle School gymnasium, 425 Crowell Road. Warrants have been mailed to the households of registered votes. Please bring your copy of the warrant with you to the Meeting!
As it is a Saturday morning meeting, and with 59 articles on the warrant, please consider bringing water and a snack with you in case the meeting runs into lunch time. Every article matters and we hope voters will attend the entire meeting.
New this year, electronic voting! At check-in, registered voters will be issued an electronic voting device or "clicker." The devices feature 5 buttons but only the top two - the green #1 button for a "yes" vote and the red #2 button for a "no" vote - will be enabled for Annual Town Meeting. Practice votes will be taken at the outset of the Meeting to give everyone the opportunity to try out the clickers before getting to voting on articles. The Moderator will determine which articles are voted by voice and which will be voted electronically. Take a minute to watch Moderator Bill Litchfield's brief presentation on electronic voting for a preview. Please be sure to return your clicker in the designated bins upon your exit!
For a comprehensive review of the articles in the warrant, please take the time to watch the 2023 Annual Town Meeting preview show.
Transportation and Parking
We always expect a large turn-out for the Annual Town Meeting. To avoid the crowds, consider arranging a ride to the Middle School through the Council on Aging. Reservations may be made by calling 508-945-5190. A drop off area at the front of the school will be available for those with mobility challenges. We also encourage carpooling!
Primary parking will be located at the Middle School itself. Volunteers will be on hand to ensure that parking is as efficient as possible to accommodate as many vehicles as possible. Secondary parking is available in the lot on Stepping Stones Road which is a short walk to the school. Additional parking is available at the Public Works Facility at 221 Crowell Road. Pedestrian access to the school from the Public Works facility is available via the Old Colony Rail Trail and shuttle to the school via golf cart will be available for those in need of assistance.
Free childcare is available for ages 3 & up by reservation. Drop off begins at 9 a.m. in the Middle School Library. Please email Susan Mabile with your name, address, contact phone number, your child's name, age, and any medical issues no later than 12 noon on Friday, May 5th.
Annual Town Election
Voting doesn't end with Annual Town Meeting. Please come out on Thursday, May 11th in the Annual Town Election. Polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. at the Community Center, 702 Main Street.
In addition to elections of one Select Board Member, three Monomoy Regional School District Representatives, and one Chatham Housing Authority Member, there are four ballot questions. Questions 1-3 seek exemption from Proposition 2 1/2 for funding Article 18 - Center for Active Living, Article 27 - Transfer Station Improvements, and Article 28 - Replacement of Belt Filter Press at the wastewater Treatment Facility respectively. Question 4 seeks affirmation of amendments to the Town's Home Rule Charter passed by 2022 Annual Town Meeting.