Fall Special Town Meeting Gets a New Date

The fall Hamilton Special Town Meeting has been rescheduled and has been pushed back by about a month.

Town Meeting

The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously 5-0 last week to change the date from Oct. 3 to Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. at Winthrop Elementary School. The decision came after a seven minute discussion by the Board of Selectmen.

Board of Selectmen Chairman Scott Maddern said it will give more time for residents to get informed about a proposal to use Community Preservation Act money to purchase conservation land on Sagamore Hill (more to come about that on the Hamilton town blog), including taking a site walk. There will be a 5K run and family fun day at the site on Sept. 19, hosted by Essex County Greenbelt, noted Selectman Shawn Farrell.

Maddern said he also spoke with newly-elected Moderator Jennifer Scuteri about the date change.

The originally planned date is just a month away and pushing back the meeting date by about a month makes sense, said Selectman Jeff Hubbard.

The date for special town meeting in the fall was pushed forward after a decision in 2011 to move the Annual Town Meeting in the spring from May to April, according to Town Manager Michael Lombardo.

Selectman Marc Johnson, a former chairman of the Planning Board, said a later date gives the Planning Board more time to get in public hearings for zoning bylaw changes that may go before Town Meeting, including a proposal to allowed mixed uses on the same lot in the downtown. It also gives various groups a chance to do public presentations before the meeting so Town Meeting will not be the first time voters will hear about many of the issues on the warrant.

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