The Town Meeting serves as the Town's legislative body under the provisions of Chapter 553 of the Acts of 1953 (PDF), which is better known as the Representative Town Meeting Act. The Town Meeting is responsible for taking all action normally associated with that of a legislative body in the American system of democracy.
Documents related to the August 8, 2020 Annual Town Meeting have been uploaded to the website and mailed to Town Meeting Members. Read on...
The 2020 Annual Town Meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:30 am at the Oak-Sherwood Middle School Campus, 45 Oak Street, Shrewsbury MA. Read on...
The Board of Selectmen will be holding a public meeting on July 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm with the Town Moderator to discuss an adjustment to the 2020 Annual Town Meeting quorum requirements. Read on...
Types of Meetings
The Representative Town meeting consists of 240 elected town meeting members distributed fairly evenly among the 10 precincts based on population.
Special Town Meetings are generally called by the Selectmen. However, voters may call a special town meeting by petition. Special Town Meetings can be called for a number of reasons.
Examples include: amending zoning bylaws, purchasing a new fire truck, etc. Once the petition is delivered to the Selectmen, they must call a special meeting within 45 days.
While any resident can attend and speak at a Town Meeting it is only the elected town meeting members who can vote. Town Meeting Members are elected to 3 year staggered terms so that approximately 1/3 of the total town meeting membership stands for re-election each year.
Residents interested in serving the community in this very important capacity may email the Town Clerk for more information.
Please see the Citizen's Guide to Town Meetings prepared by the Secretary of the Commonwealth Citizen Information Service for more information about Town Meeting.