Town Meeting

Moderator's Announcement

The 2019 annual Town Meeting will commence on April 1, 2019 at 7 pm in the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. The warrant this year is quite lengthy with a number of articles that I expect will stimulate significant discussion. I expect the meeting will last at least two and quite possibly three evenings. For those of you who are presenting or may offer an amendment, I expect that you will attend the pre-meeting to be held on March 28th at 7 pm at the Acton Public Safety facility. The purpose of this meeting is to review timing, presentations, possible amendments and other procedural matters. If for some reason you are unable to attend this meeting but expect to present at town meeting, I ask that you contact me prior to March 28th. Powerpoint presentations must be sent to me and to the town by close of business on Monday March 25th. They will be posted on the town web site to enable citizens to review them ahead of the meeting and thus streamline the time devoted to such presentations at Town Meeting.

Thank you,
Peter K. Ashton
Town Moderator

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Acton Town Moderator


The Moderator is elected by ballot at the Annual Town Election for a one-year term, and is responsible for presiding over Annual Town Meeting, Special Town Meetings, and other meetings that he or she is requested to officiate at to ensure that order is maintained.  The Moderator is responsible for regulating proceedings, deciding all questions of order, and making public declaration of all votes.  As Moderator, my goal is to conduct the Town Meeting in a fair, yet expeditious manner, allowing all points of view a fair hearing while still keeping the process moving.

The powers and duties of the presiding officer, not especially provided for by state law (see below), or by Town bylaws, shall be determined by the rules and practices contained in the most recent edition of Town Meeting Time, so far as they are adapted to the conditions and powers of the town.

The Town Moderator also appoints the members of the Finance Committee and the representative to the Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School Committee.

Massachusetts General Laws / Chapter 39: Moderators


Also see Article 3 of The Charter of the Town of Acton and Chapter A of the By-Laws of the Town of Acton.

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