MODERATOR SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR RULES COMMITTEE
Applications to volunteer for the Longmeadow Rules Committee will be accepted until July 31, 2020. The Rules Committee was established by the town Charter to advise the Moderator on issues of procedures related to Town Meeting. The committee consists of five members in staggered three-year terms. There is one vacancy for a 3-year term ending in 2023 and a vacancy for a term that ends in 2022. Longmeadow voters who have an interest in serving may complete an application, available via the town website here.
Thank you for reading this information. Anyone with questions about the meeting is welcome to contact Moderator Rebecca Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our work may be physically distant, but it’s inherently social. Our community has faced great trials before, and we shall similarly face this one with as much wisdom about what will permit safety for our democratic traditions to continue.
The Fall Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Citizen Petition articles are due in the Select Board’s office no later than* 12:00 p.m. (noon) on September 15, 2020*. In order for a petition to be guaranteed placement on the Special Town Meeting warrant, 100 names/signatures/addresses of registered Town voters are required, and must be certified by the Town Clerk. Forms and instructions to be used for petition articles are available in the Select Board’s office and on the Select Board website. Petition articles will be printed in the warrant verbatim, so citizens are asked to review the forms and instructions carefully.
Annual Town Meeting was held Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:00 PM
*A consent agenda is a grouping of articles together under one motion in order to save time in a meeting. When a motion to approve several articles as a consent agenda is made and seconded, the Moderator will call out the article numbers in the proposal. Any voter who wants to consider an article separately will call out “hold,” and the Moderator will remove that article from the consent agenda. Voting will proceed for the motion to approve (or reject) all the articles in the group.
Recommendations & Presentations at Town Meeting
Finance Committee -
- The Finance Committee voted to approve all of the Articles that were previously listed as "Recommendation to be given on the floor of Town Meeting"
- The Finance Committee voted to Recommend Article 14.
- The Finance Committee voted to recommend the budget Article 13, with the explicit understanding that the budget figure would immediately be Amended on the Floor by the Select Board after its reading. Finance Committee’s recommendation on the budget Article 13 will be made after the Amendment is made.
- Finance Committee voted not to recommend Article 30, dealing with CPC funding for a study for a skate park.
"The Finance Committee does not recommend Article 30.
The Finance Committee voted against recommending this article for a number of reasons. First, this expenditure represented the first step in installing a new facility, the expense of which would far exceed the price of the study itself. Second, this would be a brand new facility which would incur a brand new maintenance obligation and ongoing maintenance expenses, rather than the repair or improvement of an existing facility. Finally, the feeling of the majority of members was that unlike the team sport facilities in town, this proposed skate park would represent a niche interest, serving a relatively small number of patrons, too small to justify the expense of installing the facility."
Budget Presentation by Town Manager
Article 36 & 37 related to bylaw changes for the installation of ground-mount solar panels on the side or front of a home. Supporting documentation