The warrant for both special and annual town meetings "shall be open for a minimum of 14 days before closing and posting the warrants." You do the math. Wouldn't be the first time there was a mathematical error in posting the warrants!
According to a long standing Farrell tradition of submitting citizen petitions for the annual town meeting warrant, I went to town offices at around 6:30 pm to submit four citizen petitions.
Which is why I sent the assistant to the town administrator this email:
From: Julie Farrell
Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 7:23 PM
Subject: Time stamp on citizen petitions
To: Holly Young
Cc: Jeff Bennett
I dropped off four citizen petitions and you time stamped and gave me copies. When I got home I noticed the time stamp was incorrect.
The time stamp is 7:47 pm . You time stamped them at 6:47 pm.
The time stamp on this email will be 7:24 pm. I do not have a time machine.
Can't Make This Sh%$ Up!
A bigger and more disturbing question is the inaccuracy of the time stamp. This is a big problem. When projects go out to bid, the bids are time stamped as they are received. There is a drop dead date and time that all bids must be submitted by. If a bid is received too late, then that bid can not be accepted. The way to verify when bids are received is to time stamp the bids as they come in.
Maybe this issue will be covered by the Inspector General training on March 8th?