Town Meeting: Night one (Updated – see you at 7)

It’s late, so here’s a quick summary. It was a long night with passionate debate. In the end, only 9 Annual Town Meeting Articles were resolved and two Special Town Meeting Articles.

ATM Articles 2 & 3 and 5-7 passed. Articles 8 & 9 (budget and capital expenses) were approved with amendments. Article 4 on changes to the Personnel Salary Administration Plan was tabled to Wednesday night. 

Special Town Meeting Articles 6 & 7 on recalling and removing officials were defeated. 

I’ll fill in more details Wednesday afternoon. 

Update (4/26/17 7:03 am): The meeting will reconvene tonight at 7:00 pm. (Not 7:30 as originally planned.)

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Townie
6 years ago

Last night was very painful. Many mistakes and things got out of hand because of it. While I do not approved of Mr. Barron’s attitude towards the moderator, I side with him on the reason.

Once a motion is put on the floor to move a question, debate ends. At that time, the moderator MUST put the motion to move the question to a vote. This allows the body to decide to either continue debate, or to end it. No exceptions.

I understand being moderator is a very stressful position to hold, especially when debate starts to get heated. In saying that, the moderator must stick to the rules even though they may not be what they think is fair. Yes both sides deserve a chance to speak, but that ultimately comes down to the majorities decision.

mark dassoni
6 years ago

was watching at home in Ashland, poor town clerk Hegerty got attacked for taken less money, Article 6 was taken so much the wrong way by both selectmen and advisory boards, and that why voters who were against got swayed that way, all it was meant to do was to put on notice that when process get unhinged it to make sure that all involved knows that there is a eye out in public trust to work along with, that article 6 in a nutshell ,remember elected and appointed boards trust can be kept or it can be misleading by conflicts of interest . Mark Dassoni

mark dassoni
6 years ago
Reply to  mark dassoni

article six in special part of town meeting, recall article . Mark Dassoni

M
6 years ago
Reply to  mark dassoni

Mr. Dassoni,
If you would like people to actually read your posts, then it would be helpful if you made them readable. I will not criticize a person’s intellect or education and rather, I support everyone’s freedom to speak. But you are not helping your viewpoint if it’s incoherent.

Jojama
6 years ago

M.,

Yes I completely agree. But I do have a question why is Mr. Dassoni SO interested in this Southborough issue?He has stated on this blog and at various ZBA/ Planning /BOS meetings that he considers himself a “watchdog” for our citizens. I personally think we have it covered. I really find it odd and annoying that he is so obsessed with this issue. There must be something in Ashland that could interest him more!

mark dassoni
6 years ago

none who is so blind that they can”t see ,I wrote town bylaws,i go and talk to department heads, i use ears to listen, brain to formulate completely
I do that in Ashland, and your town administrator knows my motives, go to him be face to face and ask about me , mark dassoni .

Townie
6 years ago
Reply to  mark dassoni

Sounds like you got a bone to pick with the former Ashland Town Manager, and not much of a watch dog.

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