Town Meeting

The Special Fall Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7pm at the DPW garage, 170 Dwight Road. 

The Special Fall Town Meeting warrant contains 19 articles to be voted on by registered voters of the Town of Longmeadow. Articles range from financial matters, amending the Historical Commission bylaw, lingering Charter changes as a result of the Charter Review Commission work, and a question on changing a Zoning District at the corner of Williams Street and Redfern Drive. A full copy of the warrant can be found HERE, Town Hall, the Storrs Library, Mirkins Cleaners, Pride Service Station, Armata’s, Williams Street Post Office, Community House, and the Police Department.

The deadline to register to vote in the Special Fall Town Meeting is Friday, October 22, 2021. Residents can register at the Town Clerk’s Office at 20 Williams Street.  

The DPW Garage was the site of the Annual Town Meeting in May 2021. The space provides ample room to spread out and allows for maximum airflow with the garage door bays open. For this Special Fall Town Meeting the garage door bays will be open so residents should be prepared for cooler temperatures and dress warmly. Masks will be required for all attending. 

For questions on the warrant or meeting logistics, please contact the Select Board’s office at (413) 565-4110 or by emailing adminassistant@longmeadow.org. For questions on Town Meeting procedures please contact the Town Moderator at rtownsend@longmeadow.org

The Longmeadow Board of Health, with the support of Big Y Pharmacies, will be holding a COVID-19 and flu vaccination before the start of the Special Fall Town Meeting. Anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, or a flu shot, can receive one at the DPW, 170 Dwight Road from 4pm – 7pm. Please contact the Longmeadow Board of Health at (413) 565-4140 or email health@longmeadow.org to make an appointment. 

 

Special Fall Town Meeting Warrant

Special Fall Town Meeting November 2 2021
  1. November 2, 2021
  2. May 16, 2021
  3. October 27, 2020
  4. June 23, 2020
2021 Special Fall Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Works Garage located at 170 Dwight Road Longmeadow, MA. A copy of the warrant is available here



Moderator’s Task Force on Electronic Voting

Purpose:  Town Meeting Electronic Voting Handset

* To investigate the feasibility, security, costs, and outcomes of electronic voting technology and processes.

Outcome:

* report available to the public

Timeline:

* The task force will be appointed by mid-March, starting work by the end of March, with a report due by the end of 2021.

Electronic voting is the use of hand-held electronic devices for the purpose of recording a vote in a large gathering. Several towns use this in their town meetings. Some use it to speed up the counts for those votes that require a hand count. Some use it to move from public to private voting.

The task force will be chaired by the Rules Committee Chair and will include the Town Clerk, one other member of the Rules Committee that has studied this issue until now, and 2 or 3 other residents. 

I invite residents who are interested in serving on this task force to submit their letter of interest that includes qualifications and any possible conflicts of interest to me at rtownsend@longmeadow.org by March 13. Qualifications may include a background in software development or large group facilitation, with a curiosity about understanding both social and technological aspects of electronic voting. 


Contact the Town Moderator

  1. Rebecca Townsend
    Town Moderator

    Email: rtownsend@longmeadow.org

    Thank you for reading this information. Anyone with questions about the meeting is welcome to contact Moderator Rebecca Townsend at rtownsend@longmeadow.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.  

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.