UPDATE ~ as of Friday, July 10: ATM is delayed by one hour, beginning now at 10 am https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2020/07/annual-town-meeting-2020-start-delayed-one-hour-until-10-am/
With Annual Town Meeting coming up at 9 am on Saturday, July 11 questions need answers, so The Bedford Citizen has organized them, and we’ll consider each in order.
With Tropical Storm Fay making its way up the coast headed toward Central Massachusetts as of Thursday evening, the Town will evaluate the weather both on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
The Citizen will post the latest information as soon as it’s available, as will the Town’s website and social media channels. There is apt to be a town-wide Code Red Robocall as well.
Should it be necessary, the likely date for a rescheduled meeting is Sunday, July 12.
WHY ATTEND ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ON SATURDAY?
- Watch this Public Service Announcement prepared by Haley and Taevy
- Read about the importance of Annual Town Meeting – participatory democracy in action!
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND ATM
GETTING TO THE MEETING & GETTING SETTLED
- Where may I park for Annual Town Meeting at Sabourin Field?
- Getting checked in — Do you know your precinct?
- How will Sabourin Field be set up for Town Meeting?
- Guidelines for Civil Discourse at Town Meeting
In order to assure the safety of all residents, all attendees will be required to wear face coverings for the entirety of Town Meeting. A mask will be provided by the Town, if you do not have one. Physically distanced chairs will be set up on the turf field, and Town staff will guide residents to their seats in order to ensure proper distancing. Hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and ADA-accessible restrooms will be available for all attendees. Staff will also assist residents with how to properly leave the field once Town Meeting has concluded.
- The Special Town Meeting Warrant and the reduced list of Annual Town Meeting articles to be considered on July 11
- The full text for all of the Annual Town Meeting articles
- Town Moderator Cathy Cordes has provided three background reports: 1) Logistics, 2) The Warrant, 3) Special Town Meeting
- How will the meeting work? Click to watch this instructional webinar prepared by the Select Board and Finance Committee
- The Town’s ATM Slide Packet
THE FINANCIAL ARTICLES
- The Finance Committee’s Recommendations
- Superintendent Philip Conrad’s message about the FY21 School Budget
- A joint statement from the Select Board and the School Committee
- Information on this year’s Capital Projects
OUR SERIES ~ ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2020
The Bedford Citizen has been tagging articles that bear in some way on Saturday’s warrant since late January 2020, when the full warrant was scheduled for consideration in late March. Click this link to see our entire list of more than 50 articles.