STOCKTON SPRINGS – Stockton Springs will be hosting a drive-in town meeting where attendees can drive their cars to the town office and stay in their cars to participate.
“We’re keeping everybody safe,” Stockton Springs Town Manager Jennifer King said. “This will keep people from not being too close to each other and having also the ability to keep their right to vote.”
Upon arrival, cars will enter through the main entrance and register with the town clerk.
“They’ll be parked based on the size of their vehicle as well as location,” King said. “We will have a porta potty off to the far right, and if there’s handicap accessibility necessary as well, we’ll have those spots available too.”
Attendees will be able to listen to the meeting through an FM radio station reaching a 300-foot radius.
“What we’ll be doing is passing out a piece of paper that will explain the guidelines, what they’re allowed and not allowed to do based on the executive order with the FM station they’ll be turning their station to,” King said.
Each person will be given a dowel with tags to vote.
“They’ll actually vote through their window putting their wooden dowel out,” King said.
They will also be able to ask questions.
“We do have somebody with a microphone that has an extension pole with a mask over it, so that if they have a question, we’ll bring it to your vehicle,” King said.
Residents are pleased with this format.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Charlie Zorich, a Stockton Springs resident. “I think it’s a good option as opposed to having people indoors at this time.”
“I think it’s great that they’re gonna be able to accommodate it,” said Kathy Kamzelski, a Stockton Springs resident. “I think they have everything planned out very well. They have all the parking arranged.”
The drive-in meeting is set for Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m.