Saturday, November 18, 2006
Town Clerk Carol Mollica has convinced Town Meeting voters to put more thank $7,000 back into her department's budget to save the position of assistant town clerk. Funding for the position would have run out in March without Monday's vote.
Also at Town Meeting, voters amended a bylaw requiring secret ballot votes on expenditures of more than $2 millio. Previously, a simple majority was required to force an open vote on such an expense.
With the change, the secret ballot can be suspended only by unanimous consent.
Voters also rejected a change that would allow members of town boards and committees to miss one session of a public hearing, but still be allowed to vote on the issue after watching a tape of that session. Selectman John Zizza opposed the change, saying town officials should just try harder to attend meetings.
"It's trying to cure a problem that shouldn't exist," Zizza said. "People take office and get elected to do a job, and then they don't show up."
-- Calvin Hennick