Government Spotlight

Public hearing on April 13 warrant draws few

| Joanne Cole |

With only a handful of residents looking on, the select board’s March 25 public hearing concerning the April 13 special town meeting warrant came and went in what may have been record time. 

Board chair Karen Gilles opened the 6:30 pm public hearing and welcomed questions from the half dozen residents attending on Zoom.  Seeing no raised hands, Gilles then invited comments from board members.  None took up the offer.  The hearing then adjourned at 6:37 pm. 

Had Gilles not read the warrant into the record, the meeting would have concluded even faster.    

The hearing was an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the two articles on the April 13 ballot: one for the Stevens Brook dam and culvert project on Gloucester Hill Road, and the other to purchase a new loader for the transfer station.  A sample ballot, including a breakdown of proposed funding and sources, can be viewed here.

The April 13 special election will take place at the Meetinghouse, in the Town Hall complex, from 10 am to 7 pm. Absentee voting is also an option; voters may download the form to request an absentee ballot here.