Ready, Set, VOTE ~ Special Town Meeting set for Monday, November 1

Town Manager Sarah Stanton briefed the Select Board Monday on the multi-faceted preparations for what may be one of Bedford’s shortest town meetings ever next Monday.

Special town meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium, Bedford High School. This is the first significant government meeting since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

And as Stanton described, precautions are proliferating, including:

  • A mask requirement.
  • Seat separations, in ones and twos. If the attendance surpasses 300 (the hall holds close to 600), satellite rooms will be employed. The quorum required to conduct business is 100.
  • Presentations and supporting materials on the town website. Traditionally, presentations open each article at town meeting so this is designed to save time. Indeed, there are only eight articles on the warrant.

Also, members of boards and committees will be spread around the stage and the front of the auditorium.

Stanton said she has been coordinating with Graeme Godzyk, BHS director of information systems; Ron Scaltreto, assistant director of the Facilities Department; and Katrina Faulstich, chorus and theater director for BHS performing arts. Set construction for the first fall musical, scheduled for Nov. 18-21, has been taking place on the stage.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at mike@thebedfordcitizen.org, or 781-983-1763

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