TEWKSBURY — On Monday May 6, the annual Town Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Tewksbury Memorial High School.
Each year, the annual Town Meeting is divided into three sections. The first section has already occurred, as it requires for a town election to take place during the month of April.
The second section consists of voting on any articles up for consideration. These articles include: Article 2: Elected official salaries, Article 3: Consent calendar, Articles 4-20: Budget related articles, Articles 21 and 22: Accepting state statutes, Articles 23-26 are those submitted by town committees, and Articles 27-29 are those submitted by citizens.
If this section is completed before 11 p.m., the annual Town Meeting will adjourn to Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. to address any Section Three Articles. Section Three Articles, which include Articles 34-40 this year, consist of amending zoning bylaws.
Among the articles up for consideration at Town Meeting is Article 8, which concerns the budget for the construction of the proposed new elementary school. Specifically, the article will center around the question that town residents voted on in the annual town election on April 6, which focused on debt exclusion for the elementary school project. In the election, that question passed by a margin of roughly 66 percent to 34 percent.
Article 9 is also up for consideration, and it concerns approving the borrowing of money to be put towards the construction of a new fire station.
Another notable article up for consideration is Article 28. This article was submitted by Joseph Dunn, and it proposes the repeal of the single-use plastic bag ban that went into effect on April 1.
Article 27, another submitted by a citizen, Richard Cuoco, proposes that Winterberry Lane be accepted as a Town Street.
Article 29, submitted by George Ferdinand, reaffirms that only U.S. citizens be allowed to vote in elections.
Other proposed articles, if passed, will allow for restorative renovations to be made to historic sites in town. Specifically, Article 19 proposes renovations to the Ella Flemings School, and Article 20 provides funding for the next phase of the restoring the State Hospital Historic Cemetery, also known as “The Pines.”
To learn more about the Town Meeting process, as well as view all articles on the warrant, visit the Town Clerk’s website at https://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/town-meeting-information.
This year’s Town Meeting will take place on Monday May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Tewksbury Memorial High School.