Plymouth takes next step to town-manager government

Published on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:01
Written by SUSAN CORICA

@coricaBP

PLYMOUTH - The Town Council has appointed six members to a new Charter Revision Commission to examine how the town could transition to a town manager form of government.

Mark Malley, Joe Green, Carl Johnson, Cathy Paskus, David Sekorski, and Elizabeth Wollenberg were named to the commission.

Last year the council had approved an advisory question for the November ballot to see if residents were interested in having a town manager instead of a mayor. The question asking if a new commission should be established to consider the change was approved 1,188 to 1,140.

Town Attorney Bill Hamzy had previously said changing the charter was the only way to make the change.

Malley, who had chaired the 2017 commission, said the commission members were willing to do the work of revising the charter to accommodate having a town manager, but he wanted to see if voters were interested first before they took such an “astronomical job.”

This will be the third year in a row the town has looked at charter revisions.

At last November’s election voters also approved charter changes to limit circumstances in which the town budget would be subject to referendum; to allow town boards and commissions to include on their agendas public comment on agenda and non-agenda items and adopt a time limit for speakers; and remove charter language pertaining to having a Board of Assessors and a Council Journal, both of which no longer exist.

In 2016, voters approved changes to streamline the town’s budget process and allow it start earlier in the year, go from two council districts to one with members elected town-wide, remove the requirement that town employees be town residents, and other changes. However, they rejected a fourth question that would have allowed the Board of Finance to approve special appropriations of up to $100,000.

Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or scorica@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:01. Updated: Wednesday, 7 February 2018 21:03.