Meeting Will Give Lunenburg Residents a Chance to Weigh in on Charter Review
LUNENBURG -- Residents will have the chance to weigh in on proposed changes to the town’s charter this week. A public hearing of the Charter Review Committee is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The proposed alterations to the charter include changing the name of the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board, making the town manager an appointed position, and requiring that persons appointed to town committees be residents.
Charter Committee Chair Steven Archambault said the meeting is part of the town’s annual, legally-mandated 10-year requirement to examine the document and update it, if necessary.
Although a proposal to change the name from the Board of Selectmen to the select board might seem like a minor revision, Archambault said the idea has sparked plenty of debate in the town.
“There are strong opinions on both sides of the issue, both on the board and within the town,” Archambault said. Some residents would prefer to keep the traditional Board of Selectmen name, while others would like to see the name updated in keeping with the times.
“There is a significant number of people (in the town) who think we should keep it the same, and there is a significant number of people who would like to change it to keep up with current events,” Archambault said.
The revised charter would also provide for a second annual town meeting in the fall, the time and date of which would be determined by by-law, according to officials.
Another purpose of the revised charter would be to clarify and confirm the appointment powers of the town manager and Board of Selectmen, and to make clearer the duties of the town manager, as they relate to personnel management, jurisdiction over town facilities and properties, and day-to-day operations.
The revised charter would also provide more specifics in the process for removal and suspension of the town manager.
Archambault said a number of proposed revisions are simply to correct grammatical and typographical errors in previous documents.
The meeting will take place at Lunenburg Middle/High School and will be televised over the town’s PACC channel. Video of the meeting will then be posted on YouTube.
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