HANSON — Since the Oct. 3 special Town Meeting failed to reach the needed quorum of 100 voters, the Select Board voted that night to reschedule the Town Meeting to Wednesday, Nov. 9.
The Town Meeting would begin at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at Hanson Middle School Auditorium. Free day care services are being arranged for parents as well as reserving use of the school facility.
Town Administrator Lisa Green said that date was arrived at after discussion with Moderator Sean Kealy.
“We are in the process of getting new covers [for the warrant] that have the correct date on it,” she said at the Tuesday, Oct. 11 Select Board meeting. “We will update the website with all the correct information, we will place the warrants back out for folks to pick up that evening.”
One new “wrinkle,” as Green put it, is the fact that Tuesday, Nov. 8 is Election Day.
“That will be a very busy time for our town clerk and assistant town clerk and registrars,” she said, noting that she and the board’s executive assistant may be taking on some additional responsibilities as Town Clerk Elizabeth Sloan instructs or asks.
“Obviously, the quorum was the issue,” said Select Board Chair Laura FitzGerald Kemmett. “So, what can we do to try to increase the level of engagement?”
She suggested notices on the town’s Facebook page, advertising or use of the Police Department’s electronic message board could be employed.