The annual and special town meetings are this coming Tuesday, April 9 at the Old Whaling Church starting at 7 p.m. with the annual elections two days later on Thursday, April 11 at town hall.

Chappaquiddickers will want to attend to give their support to Article 62 which reads: “To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Free Cash, the sum of $74,119.00 to install two water storage tanks for fire suppression at two separate locations on Chappaquiddick to support Edgartown’s ongoing development of Fire Suppression Resources and in congruence with the Community Wildfire Protections Plan’s recommendations for the island of Chappaquiddick. Submitted by the Fire Chief and Recommended by the Financial Advisory Committee.”

Those are lots of words which simply mean getting lots more water at hand to fight fires and to keep firefighters safe. It’s no secret that Edgartown voters as a whole are thrifty when it comes to spending money on Chappy. The total of appropriations for the coming year is about $46 million. You have to show up to get your share.

Article 98 seeks to ban the use of commercial gas-powered leaf-blowers in the Town of Edgartown. Like it or not, Chappy is part of Edgartown.

Article 99 proposes a complicated short-term rental bylaw which includes a regulation that owners may not rent their dock to others without a permit. This is a humdinger of an article and it’s the last one of the evening. I always tell newcomers that town meeting is the best show in town. Many people spent many hours preparing and reviewing the articles on the warrant. If you have an opinion about any of the 109 articles, Tuesday night is your chance to express it.

I hereby relieve you of the excuse that you have to leave the meeting early because of the darn Chappy Ferry. If town meeting runs later than 11:15 p.m., the ferry captain will wait for you.

On Thursday, you get your chance to vote for the folks who serve the town in elected offices. Some are running for reelection while some are jumping into the fray for the first time. Show up, vote, let them know that you care about who runs the town on a daily basis. Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You have the whole day to get to town hall.