More Decisions for Voters at Special Town Meeting

Selectman Michael Rosenberg addressed Bedford’s 2011 Annual Town Meeting

By Meredith McCulloch

Bedford voters have had many opportunities to exercise their franchise this fall, beginning with the State Primary on September 6. Now the season’s final opportunity to vote will be at Bedford’s Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 13.

Most town business is addressed at the Annual Town Meeting in March, but a fall Special Town Meeting has become virtuallyroutine. Special town meetingsmay be held anytime that the Selectmen determine, but a fall meeting generally is needed.

This year several articles are of particular interest. Bonding will be requested to improve School Way and the other roads and parking lots around the Town Hall and the Town Center buildings. Anotherissue iswhether to install synthetic turf on Sabourin Field at the high school. In addition, funds are being requested for consulting services to investigate the presence of coliform bacteria in the water supply.

Voters will also be asked to approve continuation of the Community Preservation surcharge and to approve appropriations from Community Preservation Commission funds. Among the proposed expenditures from these fundsare a survey of the Town Forest and support forthe engineering and design of new athletic fields.

Town meetings are held at the high school auditorium at 7:30 pm, and business is generally completed in one night. Any registered voter may attend and may speak on the articles. Most votes are cast by a show of hands. Voters should know that those filming the meeting do not record during the vote, thereby protecting the privacy of voters.

The warrant listing all of the items on the agenda is currently posted on the Town website or in The Bedford Citizen.  The warrant will be mailed to every household around October 24.

Editor’s note: The Bedford Citizen has posted articles about most of the topics that will be covered at November’s Town Meeting. Go to and enter the topic of your choice in the search box to bring up all the relevant articles from our archive.

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