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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

The Washington Grove Annual Town Meeting to be held electronically on Saturday May 9th at 8:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this the 2020 Annual Town Meeting! For the first time we will conduct the Annual Town Meeting entirely electronically, and hopefully make it an “interesting experience” for all! As usual, the Agenda will include required Town business of approving the annual Budget and tax rate, the State of the Town report from the Mayor (abbreviated, we can hope…), and the results of the Town Election. We will also make an award or two, in some form recognize our hard-working employees, the Grove’s appointed and elected officials, and the numerous volunteers among you who help keep the town functioning.

Special Rules of Order (supplementing Robert’s Rules of Order) will be used to conduct the meeting, to recognize those wishing to be heard, and to establish the presence of the required quorum of 50 qualified town voters.

How to attend the Town Meeting: The 2020 Annual Town Meeting will be convened electronically by Zoom videoconferencing via the internet, or by dial-in, similar to meetings conducted in Town for over a month.

PLEASE NOTE THESE ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS (subject to change via Grove Alert):

  1. All participants should access the meeting early – between 7:30 and 7:50.
  2. You will enter into a Waiting Room to check your qualified voter status.
  3. A Cohost will ask you to identify yourself and your Grove address and will confirm your voting status.
  4. You will then be transferred into the meeting.

Everyone is encouraged to become familiar with the Zoom remote access software and process from smart devices, or with Dial-in from a not-so-smart device/phone.

Practice Sessions: If in doubt about connecting, YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE A PRACTICE SESSION (~10’-20’). Contact either John Compton at [email protected] or 240-432-5700, or Charlie Challstrom at [email protected] or 301-926-4498

Town Election

We are conducting the annual municipal election via our absentee and emergency ballot provisions, which allow ballots to be obtained up until what would be the opening of polls at 4:00 on May 9. You need only complete and drop off at the Town Office an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application attached to this Bulletin, and we will endeavor to get you a ballot with a minimum of close physical contact for all involved. Detailed information is below. Thanks. Send questions or last-minute requests to [email protected]. Ballots must be returned by 7:00 PM on. Saturday, May 9.

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