town meeting


Definition of town meeting

: a meeting of inhabitants or taxpayers constituting the legislative authority of a town

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First Selectman Ken Beausoleil hoped a town meeting would address resident concerns and why cuts were made to both town and school budget. Denise Coffey,, "Will 4th Time Be Charm For Thompson?," 19 Aug. 2019 Later that day at a town meeting in Knoxville, O’Rourke was introduced by Ann Fields, who chairs the Monroe County Democratic Party. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Beto’s Bet on Iowa," 9 June 2019 But once town residents learned in 2018 that the new owners were Hasidic, town meetings were called and things came to a grinding halt, the lawsuit charges. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, "‘Keep the Hasidic Out’: A Small-Town Housing Showdown," 14 Aug. 2019 But Idyllwild Fire Chief Mark LaMont said at the June town meeting not to worry, that evacuation plans were in place. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "Idyllwild prized its isolation. Now, with the roads into town wrecked, it feels all alone," 21 July 2019 Still, the complexity of the project apparently took many residents and business owners by surprise, generating strong views both pro and con, as city staffers heard from comments at a town meeting that drew about 150 people on Tuesday. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Video reveals fiery exchange at Birmingham city commission meeting," 18 July 2019 One town on the seashore narrowly rejected a $100,000 shark fence at an annual town meeting and money donated by the community for the shark-detecting buoy was returned, the Cape Cod Times reported. Colleen Cronin,, "1 Year After Deadly Great White Attack, 'Shark-Smart' Cape Cod Works to Prevent More Deaths," 28 June 2019 Hinsdale County Sheriff Justin Casey said at a town meeting Tuesday to cheers from the crowd. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "18,000 sandbags later, Lake City flood fears diminish even as rivers rise across southwestern Colorado," 16 June 2019 Butler, the selectman, recalled that Karun almost always showed up to the town meetings that take place twice a month. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Three decades after a child’s brutal murder, police made an arrest. His neighbors weren’t surprised.," 14 June 2019

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1636, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of town meeting

: a meeting of the people who live in a town to pass laws for the town or to discuss town problems, issues, etc.

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