Deadline for Warrant Articles for Annual Town Meeting is Feb. 25

LONGMEADOW, MA – The Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. In order to accommodate notice and publication schedules, below are the deadlines for submission of articles:

All articles from departments and boards are due in the Select Board’s office no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

The date for closing the warrant is scheduled for March 4, 2019 with the warrant to be signed on March 18, 2019.

The warrant will go to Town Counsel for review and to the Finance Committee for recommendations on funding of articles. Zoning proposals requiring drafting and review must be submitted earlier.

When submitting articles, the following must be submitted in writing on the form.

1. The proposed article: a general draft is acceptable as it will be properly formatted by the Town Manager or by Counsel, if accepted by the Select Board.

2. A brief narrative describing the purpose and the need for the article.

3. Estimated costs, if any, for the requested article.

Citizen Petition articles are due in the Select Board’s office no later than noon on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

In order for a petition to be guaranteed placement on the Annual Town Meeting warrant, 10 names/signatures/addresses of registered Town voters are required, and must be certified by the Town Clerk.

The town cannot guarantee certification of signatures on citizen petitions if received after noon on Feb. 25, 2019.

Forms and instructions to be used for petition articles are available in the Select Board’s office and online on the Select Board page at Petition articles will be printed in the warrant verbatim, so citizens are asked to review the forms and instructions carefully.