Deerfield Special Town Meeting tentatively set for Oct. 22

Staff Writer
Published: 9/29/2020 1:51:02 PM

DEERFIELD — Town officials have tentatively scheduled a Special Town Meeting for late October.

The meeting, set for Oct. 22, is largely to review and adjust finances, according to Selectboard member Carolyn Shores Ness.

At a recent Selectboard meeting, members discussed articles likely to appear on the warrant, such as the acceptance of grants, capital expenditures and 350th anniversary funding, as well as an article to replace or amend the floodplain district zoning bylaw.

Selectboard Chair David Wolfram also asked to include an article to request that certain funding be put into the stabilization account.

“The caveat to all of this is we still don’t have a final budget from the state,” noted Town Administrator Kayce Warren, who reviewed a rough draft of the warrant last week. “They said in a meeting they would have it in October; they did not say what part of October. So honestly, if we feel like we aren’t prepared, we could push it back. The issue is, where would we have it?”

Shores Ness expressed concerns over having the meeting indoors, during the pandemic, if the meeting were pushed back into colder weather months. A location was not decided during last week’s meeting.

To have the meeting on Oct. 22, Warren said a warrant needs to be posted by Oct. 8.

Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

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