Burlington Town Clerk Amy Warfield has sent out a notice that two precincts that are currently under-represented in Town Meeting.Warfield said Precinct 5 has one vacancy and Precinct 7 has two vacancies.
"Those who wish to be elected to fill such vacancy should contact the Town Meeting Members of the Precinct for which they seek election, for the purpose of having their names placed in nomination," Warfield said in the notice.
The remaining members of said Precinct are hereby notified that a meeting of such members for the purpose of filling such vacancy will be held Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM Burlington High School, Performing Arts Center, 123 Cambridge St. The next session of Town Meeting starts on September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Filling the seats is important to ensure fair representation, Warfield said, explaining that she has been trying to get residents interested in running to ensure that the town is fully represented at Town Meeting.
"The problem with having open seats is your section of town is underrepresented," she said. "If something is going on, you don’t have the same representation of other precincts. Town Meeting is the legislative branch of town government. Members are responsible for the operation of the town, the budget, bylaw changes, zoning changes and the capital budget. Any money spent or new laws adopted by the town is approved by Town Meeting. It is important that all sections of towns have equal representation on these issues."