Town Meeting has once again been rescheduled, this time for July 22, according to a statement issued earlier this month by Town Moderator Sheila Doherty.
“I made this declaration on the basis of my determination, following consultation with the Select Board, town manager, town clerk, director of public health, police chief, and fire chief, that due to the public health and safety (risks) posed by the novel cornavirus COVID-19, voters may be unable to attend the town of Andover’s annual Town Meeting,” Doherty wrote.
She said the meeting will take place July 22 at 5 p.m. at Andover High School. It has been moved to 5 p.m., rather than the traditional 7 p.m., Doherty said, “in order to take advantage of daylight hours, should it be advisable to conduct the meeting outdoors.”
Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said that since Town Meeting is going to be held after the start of the next fiscal year, he will have to present the board with a “1/12 budget.” Generally, the town manager needs to appropriate the town budget by June 30, the last day of the fiscal year.
“The 1/12 budget will essentially be the budget for the month of July,” said Flanagan.
If Town Meeting is postponed again, Flanagan will have to present another 1/12 budget to the Select Board. The board will be asked to vote on the 1/12 budget during the June 15 meeting.