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Letter: Resident Supports Citizen Planning Board Term Change, Do Not Knock Articles

To my fellow Tewksbury residents,

The change to the Autumn season brings many things to mind. Special Town Meeting, held the first Tuesday in October each year, is one of them. With two citizen-sponsored articles due to appear in the Town Warrant mailed out soon to all registered voters, there has never been a better time to get involved in our community.

One such citizens’ effort is to change our elected Planning Board’s term to three years from the current five. This does not affect the term of any seated member; it is a forward-thinking article. Seen as a wider opportunity for more resident participation, more often, which is good for a growing and diverse community such as Tewksbury.

Another citizen article will create a “Do Not Knock List’ of addresses at the TPD to not allow door to door solicitation to residents whose addresses are registered. I encourage all Tewksbury residents, both new to Town and we “veterans,” to think about the difference both individually and in this case, collectively you can make to help improve your community. A good start is to participate in our governing process by attending Special Town Meeting on Tues. Oct 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. held in the gym at TMHS. Save the date! Thank you.

Karyn Sliva

Ed note: Learn more about the Planning Board article here and the Do Not Knock initiative here.

Note that to take part in Special Town Meeting, you must be a registered voter. The deadline to register in time to participate in STM is Sept. 24, and the Town Clerk has information about that here. The STM warrant is available here.

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