In an effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Town Meeting, the Selectboard is forming a Town Meeting Review Committee to make formal recommendations to improve the event’s function and format. The Town Meeting Ad-Hoc Review Committee was established as a standing committee in 2010 to study ways to improve practices and procedures associated with Town Meeting. The first committee appointed in 2009 made numerous valuable recommendations, including establishing a Town Meeting Electronic Communications Advisory Committee (ECAC) to recommend ways to improve electronic communications and requiring that minutes of all boards and committee be posted to the town website.
To insure that the process of reviewing Town Meeting operations is ongoing, Section 419 of the General Bylaw calls for a new Town Meeting Review Committee to be appointed every five (5) years, beginning in 2015. The committee consists of the Town Moderator, one representative each of the Selectboard, School Committee, Appropriations Committee and Planning Board, three (3) Town Meeting members and up to four (4) registered voters who are not Town Meeting members.
The Selectboard is now seeking volunteers interested in serving on this reactivated committee. Anyone interested in appointment is asked to complete an on-line application on the Selectboard page of the town website or by clicking the Board and Committee Application link.
The Selectboard hopes to appoint members at its August 11, 2015 regular meeting.