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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Updated Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting Information

The Town of Andover’s Annual Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM, and will continue on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – if necessary. There will also be a Special Town Meeting on May 17, 2022 called by a private petitioner. 

The Town Meetings will take place in the Richard J. Collins Field House at Andover High School. 

To view the Warrants for the Annual and Special Town Meetings visit www.andoverma.gov/townmeeting

The Finance Committee Report for both meetings is available online at www.andoverma.gov/townmeeting. The Finance Committee Report will also be mailed to all households.

Babysitting Available for Children in Grades Kindergarten Through 5

Andover Recreation will be offering babysitting services for Town Meeting on May 17th and 18th. Andover Recreation staff will assist in sports, games, and other activities. Please send your child with a water bottle and snacks.
 
Pre-registration is required by May 16th. Every child must be registered individually.  

Andover Recreation needs a minimum enrollment of 10 participants to provide this service so please register early!

To register your child / children for Town Meeting babysitting visit https://andoverrec.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t2.wcs and select Winter/Spring 2022 Events.

Assisted Listening and Live Captioning at Town Meeting

Andover’s commitment to universal accessibility is being expanded and we are happy to announce that Live Captioning and Assisted Listening will be available at Andover Town Meeting 2022!

Live Captioning

During Town Meeting, live captioning will be broadcast on screens set up beside the jumbotrons at each side of the stage. As the Moderator or another speaker talks into the microphone, Epiphan Live Scrypt will transcribe the voice to text in real time, much like a smartphone does when using the talk-to-text feature. Epiphan Live Scrypt can also be streamed to a user’s smartphone for those who prefer to read the transcription on their personal device, rather than the large screen. A QR code will be available at Town Meeting for users who wish to use this free service on their smartphone.

Assisted Listening

Listen Everywhere is a free app that streams live audio to the user’s smartphone. Once the app has been downloaded to the smartphone, the user can listen to clear audio, a discreet way, through their earbuds, headset, or Bluetooth enabled hearing aid or cochlear implant. As the Moderator or another speaker talks into the microphone, Listen Everywhere will stream the audio to the user’s smartphone in real time. QR codes will be available at Town Meeting for users who wish to download the app. The QR code opens to the App Store for iPhone users and the Google Play store for Android users. Please note that you will likely be prompted for your AppleID password or your Google Play password in order to download the app.  If you prefer to download the app ahead of time, you may do so by opening the camera app on your smartphone and pointing it at the QR code below.

Please bring your own smartphone and compatible earbuds or headset. If you do not have a smartphone, or forget your earbuds, please visit the Andover Commission on Disability table at Town Meeting for assistance.

 


Voter Registration for Town Meeting

The last hour and day to register to vote in the May 17th and May 18th Annual Town Meeting was April 27th at 8:00PM. The last hour and day to register to vote in the May 17th Special Town Meeting was May 6th at 8:00PM.  


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