257th Annual Town Meeting 2015: 30 articles (8 of them citizens petitions), 8 sessions
With 44 articles scheduled as of last night, get ready for a l-o-n-g -- possibly record breaking -- Annual Town Meeting, which starts May 2nd.
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Maybe not #1 for number of articles over the last 10 years, as that distinction goes to 2008 with 47 articles. And not even #2 since 2013 had 45. But a solid, above average, #3.
Over the past ten years the average number of articles on the warrant comes to 37, with the average number of sessions required to deal with that clocking in at 9 sessions.
In other words nine full nights for 150 or so Town Meeting members who bother to show up and a dozen or more town employees who pretty much have to show up.
But the BIG difference is in 2008 only five of the 47 articles were "citizens petitions" and in 2013 eight of the 45 articles fit that category.
This upcoming Town Meeting will have, ugh, a very unlucky 13.
General Petition = "Citizens Petition"
And the problem with citizens petitions is they are usually put on the warrant (with only 10 signatures required) by do-gooders who wish to pontificate for as l-o-n-g as possible in front of the microphone.
God help us.