Who: any registered voter may participate, others may observe
What: an annual meeting where registered voters of the town can vote on the budget and other town business, detailed in the meeting warrant. The annual meeting is considered to be the legislative body of the Town. Check our warrant summary to get an idea of what topics will be covered (hint: this is a very water-focused meeting!).
How to participate: Read this explanation of what happens at the North Reading Town Meeting or a general guide and FAQ provided at the MA state website. If possible, bring the paper copy of the warrant that was mailed to you a few weeks ago, although the meeting often has extra copies of the warrant available.
Accessibility: There is additional handicapped parking at the front/main entrance of the school, which is a much shorter walk to the performing arts center within the school. There is also an elevator available and students will be present to help anyone who needs additional assistance.
Citizen petitions are due August 21, 2017.
See our summary of the Town Meeting Warrant. It also provides background information in case you are new to North Reading or its town government.
The agenda of the meeting is included in the Town Meeting Warrant, which is available here.
In general the Town Meeting covers the following (quoted verbatim from the town website where more information about town meetings is available):
Town Meeting considers and adopts an annual operating budget (appropriating money for the salaries and expenses of running the Town, known as the “omnibus” article). It also considers and acts on other matters which require Town Meeting action, such as additions or amendments to the general or zoning by-laws, street acceptances, articles sponsored by other departments and annual “housekeeping” articles, as well as Citizens’ Petitions (articles requested by registered voters through the petition process).