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Troy decides not to hold annual meeting, will use last year’s budget

By Kendra Caruso | Jun 23, 2020
Source: Troy town website

Troy — Troy will not hold a town meeting this year; instead, the town will operate on last year's budget. Selectmen announced June 13 that they had decided not to meet as a safety precaution against the new coronavirus.

It is an option other Maine towns have considered when space to accommodate 6-foot social distancing is not possible or the meeting might exceed 50 people, thus running afoul of the state’s public gathering policy, according to Maine Municipal Association spokesperson Eric Conrad.

He said since the pandemic broke out right before the season when most towns hold their annual meetings, most municipalities postponed their annual meetings, while a few held meetings outside.

He said questions about scheduling town meetings are the ones MMA's legal team hears most often from municipalities. “That was probably the number one thing we were getting questions about until last week,” he said.

The association has separate recommendations for indoor, drive-in and outdoor annual meetings. All include some form of face coverings and 6-foot social distancing.

He said Gov. Mills approved the option for municipal elections to be held on the primary ballot July 14 this year, which has resolved some issues for towns concerned about how to elect their officials. The primary was postponed from June 9 because of the pandemic.

Conrad encouraged municipal members to seek advice from one of MMA's full-time staff attorneys who specialize in municipal law.

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