The Town Meeting Warrant is developed by the Select Board and is generally composed of items, called Articles, brought forth by various Town departments and standing committees for consideration by Town Meeting. Individual citizens can add their own agenda items to Town Meeting through the statuary device called a Citizens' Petition.
The Select Board pursuant to MGL Ch 39, §10 must insert articles into the Warrant that have been petitioned by:
Any elected Town Officer
Any multiple-member body acting by a majority of its members
Any ten voters for a regular town meeting and any one hundred voters for a special town meeting
To insert an article in the warrant for a Town Meeting, voters of the town must sign a written request. The written request of registered voters for the insertion of subjects in town meeting warrants shall not be valid unless the required number of registered voters not only sign their names but also state their residence, with street and number. Completed forms should be submitted to the Select Board for certification.
Annual Town Meeting
To place an article on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submit the form (PDF) to the Select Board's Office prior to the close of the warrant: Ten certified signatures are required.
Special Town Meeting
To place an article on the Special Town Meeting Warrant submit the form (PDF) to the Town Clerk's Office prior to the close of the warrant: One hundred certified signatures are required.