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Weekly Buzz | Budget Season is Upon Us
I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend so far.
We just published a press release from our Town Clerk regarding Town Meeting Member attendance at our last meeting. Click here for the report. The high-level overview is that attendance was 78%, meaning almost a quarter of our TMMs didn’t show up. Additionally, some precincts showed up more than others. This is a good opportunity for you to connect with Town Meeting Members for your precinct (and those who will be in place after the election in April) and be sure they plan to attend and represent you at May Town Meeting, where we’ll be setting the budget for the coming year.
Budget season gets firmly underway this week, with a number of Ways & Means subcommittees meeting to discuss the budgets of various departments around town. Lots of other meetings will be happening, too! As meetings and agendas are required to be posted 48 hours before the meeting, the info below is subject to change - especially for later in the week.
So, be sure to look out the morning of each meeting for a link to the agenda and, if applicable, ways to participate.
There are also some awesome things happening for people of all ages at the library this week, including a scavenger hunt, craft time, leprechaun stuff, blood pressure screenings, Mah Jongg, and much more. Check out the calendar for more information!
Monday, March 7
7:30AM - Ways & Means Subcommittee meets to review the budgets for the Council on Aging and Local Transportation departments.
8:00AM - Ways & Means Subcommittee reviews the budgets for HR, the Select Board & Town Administrator, Accounting, Legal, Other Legislative, and Assessors.
9:00AM - Board of Health Subcommittee meets to discuss some special permits.
5:30PM - Zoning Bylaw Review Sign Subcommittee meets to discuss Zoning Bylaw Article XIII, Sections 13.3 and a warrant article for May Town Meeting to establish a permanent Design Review Committee.
Tuesday, March 8
9:00AM - Ways & Means Subcommittee meets to review the Conservation Department Budget.
7:00PM - Board of Health meeting has been cancelled
7:00PM - School Committee to discuss various agenda items such as K-12 visual arts programs, elementary enrollment, an update on the equity audit, and a COVID update. The Superintendent is also scheduled to present the budget to the School Committee.
Wednesday, March 9
4:00PM - Council on Aging meets to review some reports and talk about marketing, logos, and brochures.
6:00PM - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee meets to discuss next steps following the presentation of their quarterly report to the Select Board last week.
6:30PM - Zoning Bylaw Review Committee meets to review some articles for May Town Meeting and some possible amendments for September Town Meeting.
7:00PM - Ways and Means comes together to review some of the budgets that were examined during subcommittee meetings earlier in the week.
Thursday, March 10
4:00PM and 6:00PM - Town Clerk Amy Warfield meets with various boards for a training on Open Meeting Laws
7:00PM - Conservation Commission meets to continue public hearings on the proposed changes to stormwater management bylaws, among other public hearings.
7:00PM - Library Trustees meets to review some reports.
Friday, March 11
Nothing is on the books yet!
If you will be attending any of these meetings and want to provide me with a few bullets to use in the Buzz, that would be fab.
Have a great Sunday!