I wasn’t able to attend last night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, but the Metrowest Daily News was there and reports on an interesting development in the ongoing effort to change Southborough’s form of government. Selectmen voted last night to create an ad hoc committee that will be charged with bringing Town Manager legislation before voters once again.
Writes the MWDN:
Worried that changes to the town administrator’s job description could be too temporary, selectmen last night voted to create a committee charged with bringing measure back to Town Meeting to create a town manager.
The Town Manager Legislation Ad Hoc Committee will consist of Selectmen Chairman John Rooney and four others — one member of the Advisory Committee, one resident to be appointed by the Advisory Committee and two residents to be appointed by selectmen.
Rooney said the committee will be charged with “ironing out the wrinkles” in the most recent failed proposal and crafting legislation to be resubmitted to Town Meeting in the fall or next spring.
Voters at Town Meeting in April decided to indefinitely postpone an article that would have created the position of Town Manager, as well as expand the Board of Selectmen from three to five members. The vote was a close one, passing by a margin of only 11, and came after nearly two hours of discussion.
What do you think? Should the legislation be brought before voters again? Would you vote differently now than you did in April? What changes would you have to see in order to lend your support? Share your thoughts in the comments below.