DIRC has received several questions this week surrounding Town Meeting. The answers below seek to address some of the most frequent questions.
Can I enter Town Meeting after 7 p.m.?
Yes, you may enter any time during the meeting. Just check in with the registrars and proceed to a seat in the Performing Arts Center. Article 7 should come up by 7:30 p.m. for discussion.
What if I misplaced my Town Meeting warrant?
Additional warrants are available at the meeting or you can view/print the warrant
Is Mr. Yebba permitted to attend since he is not a North Reading resident?
Nonresidents are permitted to attend Town Meeting after a "vote to admit" at the start of the meeting. The vote is generally to admit a list that includes town employees, town counsel, and others integral to the meeting's business but who do not reside in North Reading.
How are citizen comments addressed?
Moderator John Murphy must recognize all speakers. If you wish to speak, proceed to a microphone or raise your hand and one will be brought to you. State your name and address for the record. Speak briefly to the issue and try to share new information not addressed by other speakers. No voter or presenter is allowed to speak for longer than five minutes without a specific vote for "leave of the meeting." If you wish to move the question to a vote, simply say "move the question." However, anyone moving the question may not make other comments before they make that motion.
Do I need to stay until the end of the meeting?
DIRC urges you to stay for the whole meeting. The ending time is hard to pin down, but it is not a lengthy warrant. There are other keys issues for consideration, so we ask you to stay for all the votes. In addition, any prior vote taken earlier in the meeting may be brought up for reconsideration later in the meeting, so it is important to remain so that a vote is not changed after a majority of proponents or opponents leave.