HINGHAM -- At its meeting on Tuesday, July 12, the Hingham Select Board voted to schedule a Special Town Meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 at Hingham High School.
The Select Board voted to place three warrant articles on the Special Town Meeting Warrant:
- Article 1 - Construction of a new Foster Elementary School
- Article 2 - Construction of a new Public Safety Facility
- Article 3 - Transfer of Unassigned Fund Balance to a new Stabilization Fund to offset the tax impacts of these projects
The full text of the Warrant Articles can be found on the Town's Town Meeting web page. A hard copy of the Warrant Book was also recently mailed to every Hingham household.
Check-in for Special Town Meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. ahead of the 7:00 p.m. start time.
Parking is available at two High School lots – the front lot and the far lot down Union Street beyond the ball fields. Overflow parking is available, first at South Shore Baptist Church at 578 Main Street. Once the Baptist Church lot is full, the Town will open Wompatuck State Park for overflow parking. Shuttle buses will be running to and from the sites from 6:00 p.m. until 30 minutes after Special Town Meeting ends.
Masks are not required inside the High School. The Town will make disposable masks and hand sanitizer available to attendees at the meeting. The Town is also making an outside tent, seating 30, available to those who wish to participate in an open air environment. Those seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
Accessibility is a priority. Handicapped parking is available in the High School front and back parking lots. A limited number of large print warrant books are available on request at registration desks. The Town is piloting live closed captioning in the gymnasium at this meeting. Accessible seating will be spread out across the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and in the tent. Finally, accessible restrooms are available in the High School.
The Town has produced a series of 12 “Question of the Week” videos that cover a wide variety of topics relating to the Warrant Articles. Members of the Town Administration, Select Board, School Committee, School and Public Safety Facility Building Committees, Police Department, and Fire Department all contributed to the series. The videos, along with a variety of other information, can be found on the Town Meeting webpage.
For additional details on the Warrant Articles and the Advisory Committee’s recommended motions, residents are asked to review the Warrant Book.