On the opening night of an annual Town Meeting, what doesn't happen can be as newsworthy as that which is actually taken up on the floor.
And some might say that was the case on Monday, March 26, as Lexington opened 2012's annual Town Meeting at with a relatively easy session that wrapped in under two hours.
The budgetary business will wait until next week, as town bylaws stipulate it cannot be taken up until four weeks after it was delivered to Town Meeting members. The —are on tap for this Wednesday, March 28, but the won't be take up until April 30 and the Wright Farm land acquisition could be even later than that. Even the proposal to accept a new town seal was indefinitely postponed.
But that's not to minimize what did go down durning the opening night of annual Town Meeting. According to Town Moderator Deborah Brown, the session got off on the right foot and right on schedule.
"I thought we set a good tone to tonight," Brown told Patch after the meeting, "And we're right on schedule."
Brown also noted the thoughtful commemorations of recently deceased former Town Meeting members, and recognitions of current members who have served 30 or 40 years.
And from the podium earlier in the evening Brown acknowledged a couple birthdays this week, prompting a standing ovation for Town Meeting member Dan Fenn, who was in attendance representing Precinct 3 on the eve of his 89th birthday.
Obviously there was more to Monday night than pomp and circumstance. Town Meeting worked through articles 3, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33 and 38, while also receiving and accepting several reports under article 2 and electin Rod Cole as deputy moderato.
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