Joe Lavallee: Plea for support of Hatfield Town Meeting
To the editor:
Hatfield’s annual Town Meeting is fast approaching. Over the recent few years, attendance has been getting smaller. It only takes 75 registered voters to have a quorum and thereby takes usually half that, or 38 people, to pass through most any issue or spending article. Well, the town budget and most all spending plans (articles) for the year ahead is considered on Town Meeting floor on this night, not at the ballot box on election day. There are a lot of small department meetings during the year to get to this annual meeting and a lot of preparation to finally present this to all of us for a final yea or nay vote.
Certainly some of us have plans or schedules that will not permit attendance. However, out of almost 3,000 residents, we can do better than 75 residents attending. Most years, we are finished before 10 p.m. This is your money and for most of us, a very big part of our household budget. Please plan on attending on May 14 at Smith Academy.
Joe Lavallee is the moderator of Hatfield Town Meeting.