Town Meeting Day is always a busy time when it comes to organizing and hosting the annual Town Meeting. I often hear people complain that they do not go to Town Meetings because they do not want to stand out or be in an uncomfortable position. Indeed, Town Meeting Day can be very boring if there are not any activities planned and organized.
Before the election, I sat on the planning committee and we discussed the way forward with the candidates to make sure that there were plenty of options available for Town Meeting Day Organisers. We came up with a plan that included plenty of fun and games and still left the door open to allow other small businesses to join us in supporting the town’s economy.
The first topic on the agenda was to encourage businesses to get involved and take part in Town Meeting Day celebrations. Old businesses were particularly encouraged to contribute by participating in different ways. The previous year there had been a Town Meeting Day celebration in the local market place and this had attracted many local shoppers, both through the sound of the loudspeakers and through the sight of people walking around with shopping bags.
This year we decided to have a Town Meeting Day in the local park, to again encourage business owners to get involved by hosting their own town meeting and allowing the community to take part in the fun. The consensus seemed to be that most residents would be willing to participate and enjoyed the day very much.
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The next topic was to discuss how we could increase the flow of traffic into the local marketplace on Town Meeting Day. We had a number of ideas including creating a pedestrian crossing where vehicles could cross over to enter the marketplace from the pedestrian crossing. We also had the idea of having some kind of tradeshow-style activities taking place in the marketplace itself, perhaps a carpet cleaning company or something of that nature. We hoped that this would create a lot of additional foot traffic to the area and encourage people to spend money in the town.
Finally, I suggested that we could increase the town meeting venues available in the area and maybe consider adding lighting to the event area. As a result of this planning exercise, there will be a total increase in the number of people able to attend the town meeting, which is good news as that is exactly what we are trying to achieve. There will also be an increase in the capital investment made as the increased volume of traffic will also attract more residents to the area.
It has been agreed by everybody that there will be an increase in both the number of people coming to the town meeting and the amount of capital investment generated. As a result, the town meeting committee is looking at ways of increasing the accessibility of the venue. There was also agreed that we should consider hosting the town meeting in the summer months as that is when the weather is most pleasant. Although it was noted that the summer months can be quite hot and humid it does increase the amount of foot traffic during this period.
It was also noted that there is always room for improvement in all areas of running a business and as such it is recommended that we look at ways of enhancing the Town Meeting Day. The capital investment made will be beneficial in the long term but there is no immediate financial gain from the improvements made. However, in the short term, the improvements will provide an increase in traffic to the town and that will assist in the increase in sales.