Citizens interested in submitting Warrant articles for the Annual Town Meet set to convene on May 2 – the first Monday in May – have less than a week to get them filed. Initially, town residents had until April 19 to file – the same day that the Board of Selectmen had planned to close the Town Meeting Warrant. But this week, the town clerk moved the deadline up by five days.
Any resident interested in placing an article for consideration at Town Meeting may do so by preparing a petition, which requires 10 signatures of registered voters in the Town of Saugus for financial and zoning articles for an Annual Town Meeting Warrant, or 100 signatures for a Special Town Meeting Warrant, according to the town clerk’s website.
When the petition is completed, it must be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for their approval and acceptance to be inserted in a Warrant. Upon approval of the Board of Selectmen, all zoning articles will be forwarded to the Planning Board for their recommendation. Any articles with a financial implication must also be reviewed by the Finance Committee for a positive or negative recommendation.