As a committee of residents considers legislation that if approved by voters would move Southborough to a town manager form of government, one of the things they will make a recommendation on is which town boards should be elected and which should be appointed. Two boards that are currently elected – the Board of Health and the Library Board of Trustees – have both said they want to remain that way.
Under our current form of government, members of the Board of Health and Library Board of Trustees are elected to 3-year terms. Under a proposed new structure, members of the board could be appointed by the town manager instead.
While the committee working on the so-called “strong town manager” form of government hasn’t yet said which boards they would recommend be appointed, the Metrowest Daily News reports the Board of Health intends to follow the Library Trustee’s lead and draft a position paper saying they should remain elected.
At a public forum last month to discuss the proposed changes to Southborough’s government, Board of Health Chairman Louis Fazen III said the board is not just regulatory, but has an active role in public health planning. “It’s up to the public to decide what they want for their public health board,” he said.
Any changes to our structure of government would need to be approved by Town Meeting before they could be enacted.
What do you think? Do you consider your vote for Board of Health and Library Board of Trustees important? Should board members continue to appear on the ballot, or would you rather leave the choice to a town manager? Share your thoughts in the comments.