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Confusion over bylaw change prompts public meeting in Weston

Posted November 15, 2007 08:41 AM

WESTON

Concerned that one of the items on the warrant for the Nov. 28 Special Town Meeting has created confusion for residents, officials have scheduled a public meeting to explain it.

Article 7 proposes changing the process for dealing with violations of town bylaws so that town officials, such as the Fire Chief, Dog Officer, Building Inspector and others, can directly issue a citation to an offender.

The current procedure requires the town to file a criminal complaint in district court, which can be a time-consuming and expensive process, according to a draft information sheet provided by the town.

The proposed replacedment process is called non-criminal disposition. It would apply to things like littering, violations of Board of Health and Planning Board rules, violations of dog bylaws, and failure to obtain a street opening permit. Alleged violators would be able to appeal by requesting a hearing in district court within 21 days.

The Board of Selectmen will hold an informational meeting for the public about the proposed bylaw on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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