The month of May in Bourne will bring us the Special and Annual Town Meetings on Monday, May 3, and the Town Election on Tuesday, May 18.

That’s a one-two punch of civic responsibility.

Regular readers of the Enterprise do not need to be reminded why these events are essential to the town’s operations and governance. Still, we urge all our readers to participate in Town Meeting. It is not just the most direct way to understand what is happening in town and to make your voice heard; it is also part of a long and beneficial tradition.

The Open Town Meeting model of municipal government—where all the voters of the town who attend serve as the legislative branch—has been practiced in Bourne since the town’s incorporation in 1884.

You will find an overview of the warrant articles on the front page.

And after taking part in Town Meeting, be sure to vote in the town election. Those elected will serve as your representatives in vetting and voting on some of the most important decisions in our community.

Annual/Special Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday starting at 7 PM in the gymnasium at Bourne Middle School.

See you there!

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