Town Meeting: Potential articles on Town Manager, Zoning bylaw changes, Golf Course and more

Last week, the Board of Selectmen discussed and closed the Warrant for Annual Town Meeting. Consider it a heads up on items you may want to stay tuned for more information on. Read the full article → from Town Meeting: Potential articles on Town Manager, Zoning bylaw changes, Golf Course and more

Town Meeting wrap up: Main St committee petition loses by 3 votes, Gulbankians zoning passes and residents nix moves towards Town Manager (Updated)

Last night voters wrapped up 2014 Annual Town Meeting business. It’s not a surprise that emotions were running high on the night that several citizen petitions were addressed. Still, which articles sparked controversy may be a surprise to some of you. Read the full article → from Town Meeting wrap up: Main St committee petition loses by 3 votes, Gulbankians zoning passes and residents nix moves towards Town Manager (Updated)

Vote for what you care about or someone else will

Recent conversations have made me realize that some residents don’t understand the power a single voter has at town meeting. Last year, each person who showed up represented 38 registered voters. That 2.6% decide whether to approve a budget or reduce it. So if there’s a budget you care about be there to support it. Read the full article → from Vote for what you care about or someone else will

Learn about proposed changes to Southborough’s town government – TONIGHT

Legislation to move to a town manager style of government failed narrowly at Town Meeting last year, but proponents of the idea have continued their effort to bring some of the changes proposed in the legislation to bear. Tonight the Board of Selectmen will hear a presentation on three related articles that will come before voters at Town Meeting this year. Read the full article → from Learn about proposed changes to Southborough’s town government – TONIGHT

MWDN: Southborough selectmen revive town manager effort

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. Read the full article → from MWDN: Southborough selectmen revive town manager effort

Candidates talk communication, town manager legislation, more at Candidates’ Night

It was a pretty mellow evening at the Southborough Library as candidates for town elections last night introduced themselves to voters at the annual Candidates’ Night. No big drama, no real snark, just candidates asking for a vote. Read the full article → from Candidates talk communication, town manager legislation, more at Candidates’ Night

Chairman says town manager legislation defeated by vocal minority, ‘scare tactics’

Budgets may have taken center stage at the second night of Town Meeting last night, but both before and after the official business at hand, the talk in the lobby and aisles of the Trottier auditorium was all about the previous night’s vote to postpone the town manager legislation. Surely it’s a decision that will Read the full article → from Chairman says town manager legislation defeated by vocal minority, ‘scare tactics’

Town Meeting votes to postpone town manager legislation in its entirety

After two hours of discussion on the floor of Town Meeting last night, most seemed to agree that Southborough’s government needs fixing. What voters didn’t agree on was the mechanism by which to fix it. With that impasse, and by a margin of only 11 votes, Town Meeting decided to indefinitely postpone a decision on whether to adopt a Town Manager form of government. Read the full article → from Town Meeting votes to postpone town manager legislation in its entirety

Former selectwoman opposes Town Manager article; drafting committee releases final report

Former Selectwoman Bonnie Phaneuf released a statement this weekend urging voters to delay a decision on the proposed Town Manager legislation, saying it needs more review. Meanwhile, the Drafting Committee on Friday released their final report that details the committee’s findings and explains highlights of the proposed legislation. Read the full article → from Former selectwoman opposes Town Manager article; drafting committee releases final report

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