Town Meeting

Moderator's Announcement

We hope that many of you are planning to come to our Special Town Meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, December 3rd at the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.  I am planning for and anticipating a large crowd (similar to what occurred last December).  The Town has been working hard to make adjustments to smooth the check-in process and to assist arriving voters to find parking.  However, in order to make this process as efficient as possible I wanted to encourage voters to plan to come early so that you have plenty of time to park, check-in, and locate a seat. 

Check-in will begin at 5:30 pm, and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 pm.

Warrants were mailed to every household, and you can find more information on the Town website here: http://www.actonma.gov/townmeeting.  In addition to the Warrant are a map to assist with parking, language translations of the article summaries and the presentations that will be used at Town Meeting.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Special Town Meeting on Monday.

Thank you,
Peter K. Ashton
Town Moderator

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Acton Town Moderator


The Moderator is elected by ballot at the Annual Town Election for a one-year term, and is responsible for presiding over Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings, and other meetings that he or she is requested to officiate at to ensure that order is maintained.  The Moderator is responsible for regulating proceedings, deciding all questions of order, and making public declaration of all votes.  As Moderator, my goal is to conduct the Town Meeting in a fair, yet expeditious manner, allowing all points of view a fair hearing while still keeping the process moving.

The powers and duties of the presiding officer, not especially provided for by state law (see below), or by Town bylaws, shall be determined by the rules and practices contained in the most recent edition of Town Meeting Time, so far as they are adapted to the conditions and powers of the town.

The Town Moderator also appoints the members of the Finance Committee and the representative to the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School Committee.

Massachusetts General Laws / Chapter 39: Moderators


Also see Article 3 of The Charter of the Town of Acton and Chapter A of the By-Laws of the Town of Acton.

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