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.
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.
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.
With just over three weeks to go it is time to help voters prepare for the decisions they will be making. The Annual Town Meeting (ATM) will take place on Monday, June 21 starting at 6:30 on the athletic field at the Middle-High School. The rain date is Wednesday, June 23.
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.
Our annual local elections take place on Tuesday, May 18th. Balloting takes place at the Middle-High School, in the cafeteria, from 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Please take 10 minutes out of your day to cast your votes for nine different elected positions. Your fellow citizens have stepped up to volunteer to serve the Town. Your part of the bargain is to show up to vote to decide who will serve in the various positions. Write in candidates are also a possibility.
At their meeting set for Monday, on May 3, the Selectmen will review the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) articles and finalize the budget as we enter the final stages of preparation for the ATM, scheduled for June 21st. We will gather once again on the football field to vote on numerous budget articles and a handful of citizen petition articles.
The proposed apartment complex on Shingle Hill as a 40B project brought a spotlight on the affordable housing laws of the state and the current status of affordable housing in town. The lack of housing diversity in Manchester, while not new, has garnered renewed attention. And if the recent work of the Citizen’s Initiative for Manchester Affordable Housing (CIMAH) is any indication, the new focus could well result in the creation of new housing in town that provides for greater choices.