Gregory Federspiel

As a small community we do not have a large staff of paid professionals.  Thus, we rely heavily on residents to serve as volunteers on many different boards and committees.  We have openings to fill and you are encouraged to see how you can contribute to the running of the Town.  You get to work with your neighbors and help shape the future of Manchester. These efforts also build community.

The Town operates on a Fiscal Year that runs from July 1 through June 30.  The budgets just approved at last week’s Annual Town Meeting are for the new fiscal year beginning now.  The start of the new fiscal year is also a time for the Board of Selectmen (BOS) to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to identify priorities coming up, both short and long ter

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My appreciation of the importance of local governance always gets a boost after a town meeting.  I am always grateful to those who can attend and participate in our open town meeting proceedings.  I love seeing the community gather to conduct the business needed to run the town and hearing residents debate the issues at hand.  Five of the 17 articles were citizen petition articles.  The ability to shape public policy and the character of our community lies in the hands of every registered voter.

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On Monday, June 21, we gather for the Annual Town Meeting (ATM).  We will once again be outside on the athletic field at the Middle High School with COVID protocols in place.  The ATM starts at 6:30 p.m..  Please plan on arriving early so that we can get everyone seated and ready for a prompt start.

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The Annual Town Meeting (ATM) is almost here.  Plan on coming to the Hyland Athletic Field at the Middle High School on June 21 for the 6:30 p.m. start. (The “gates” open at 5:30 p.m. so come early to get a choice seat!) Our regular administrative and budgetary articles, 1-10, will take up the first part of the meeting.  Articles 11 – 16 are special articles which are summarized here.

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This year’s Annual Town Meeting (ATM) is scheduled for June 21 at the Middle-High School athletic field.  The gavel will strike at 6:30 p.m. to call the ATM to order.  To encourage all to attend COVID protocols will be in place as an extra safety precaution.  While the number of articles has been kept to as few as possible there are still very important decisions that need to be made including the resolution of five citizen petition articles. 

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The restrictions and limitations that the COVID pandemic has imposed on all of us are winding down.  Governor Baker announced this past Monday, May 17, that all restrictions, including capacity limitations on businesses, will end May 29, some two months ahead of schedule. Mask wearing requirements are also being lifted with the following exceptions: riding transit (buses, trains, planes, etc.), visiting health and congregate living facilities and while in a school.  Individuals who have not been vaccinated are urged to continue to wear a mask.  The State of Emergency that Baker declared over a year ago is scheduled to be lifted June 15. 

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