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2023 Annual Town Meeting
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - 7:00 PM, Longmeadow High School Gymnasium
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Previous Town Meetings
The Fall Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Longmeadow High School Gymnasium. The deadline to register to vote in the Town Meeting is October 15, 2022, if you are not currently a registered voter. There will be a Warrant Information Session on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the Adult Center at 6:00 p.m. Enroll in Notify Me to receive an emailed copy of Town Meeting Warrants. Read the full press release for additional information.
The Annual Town Meeting will be held at Longmeadow High School on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Annual Town Meeting Agenda: May 10, 2022
Educational Videos for the May 10, 2022 Town Meeting
- Video from Town Moderator Rebecca Townsend explaining the role of Town Meeting, how to participate and Electronic Voting.
- Article 3 - Active Recreation Area Conditions Assessment
- Articles 5 & 6
- Article 14
- Article 17
- Articles 18, 19 & 20
- Article 23
- Article 24
- Article 25
2021 Annual Town Meeting
Moderator's Declaration of Relocation
UPDATE Special Fall Town Meeting
20 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106
Tel. (413) 565-4110 l Fax (413) 565-4112
For Immediate Release: December 9, 2020
Longmeadow Special Town Meeting Convened and Dissolved
LONGMEADOW (Dec. 9, 2020) – At the Special Town Meeting held at 8:00AM today at the Greenwood Center Parking Lot, 13 voters voted unanimously in favor of a motion, as an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of peace, health, safety or convenience of the town, to take no action on articles 1-23, by consent. This was followed immediately by a motion to dissolve the Special Town Meeting, which also was unanimously approved. The meeting lasted one minute. The Select Board anticipates taking these articles up in the Annual 2021 Town Meeting.
Longmeadow occasionally holds special meetings in the fall; not every town has a fall town meeting; some roll those issues into the annual meeting. The Special Town Meeting was set for Oct. 27. When cases of COVID-19 began to rise in Longmeadow, the Moderator consulted with public health and safety officials, the Select Board, and Town Manager, and issued a Declaration of Recess and Continuance for 30 days (the maximum the law allows) and observed in it that as long as COVID remained an increasing threat, she did not anticipate holding any meetings when they could not be held safely. The Finance Director and Town Manager deemed nothing on the warrant was to be critical. Another Declaration was issued, indicating more were likely to come given the public health crisis.
On November 18, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue informed Longmeadow Select Board/Town Manager’s office that they would not certify our Town’s tax rate while a town meeting with financial articles was pending. The Moderator and Town Manager sought every avenue to address this situation. Ultimately, however, the only viable option open would be to convene and dissolve the Special Town Meeting.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly recommended that select boards and moderators choose to lower quorums if they must have a town meeting. Concerned that the quorum for our meetings is 50, and concerned that voters had every reasonable expectation, given the previous declarations, that the town would not be gathering people together to deliberate and vote on these issues, the Moderator worked with the Town Manager and Select Board to reach a compromise proposal to reduce the quorum for this meeting and “take no action” on all articles. The Finance Committee unanimously approved this approach. The Planning Board unanimously voted to continue their hearing on zoning articles, meaning no motions to take action on those articles would be legal.
The Moderator adds that “The legislative branch and the executive branch of our local government cooperated to solve a technical problem in a way that did not endanger citizens and preserved their rights to deliberate and vote when it is safer to do so. I am grateful that citizens understood the challenges we faced and did what was necessary to preserve public health. The trust demonstrated in the efforts today is heartening. It’s a challenging time, and I am grateful to our town for rising to this challenge. Please, continue to stay safe, and have a peaceful holiday season.”
Town residents should continue with physical distancing and mask-wearing. Officials will begin planning for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting (to be set for late spring) in January. Longmeadow voters who have questions about town meeting may contact the Moderator at email@example.com.
Full copy of press release available here.
Planning Board's letter to Town Moderator - continued Public Hearing on Zoning Bylaw Changes to January 6, 2021
3rd REVISED Declaration of Recess and Continuance
The Fall Special Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. The warrant has closed and a copy is available here. There are 23 warrant articles including 2 citizen petitions. The Fall Special Town Meeting will be held at Longmeadow High School and begins at 7PM. A mask will be required to attend and socially distanced seating will be provided. For a full listing of all rules of procedure for this meeting please click here.
Contact the Town Moderator
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.