Phillipston mulling election date change

  • Phillipston Town Clerk Karen Foley ATHOL DAILY NEWS/DEBORRAH PORTER

Staff Writer
Monday, March 05, 2018

PHILLIPSTON — Templeton is considering a change in the date for its annual town election and is asking Phillipston to do the same, which would require bylaw amendments in both towns.

Phillipston Town Clerk Karen Foley said at Monday’s Selectboard meeting the elections are held the first Monday in May. No change in date is expected this year, but eyed for next year. The elections are May 7. Both towns elect members to serve on the Narragansett Regional School Committee.

Templeton Town Clerk Carol Harris said the town is asking to push the annual election to the first or second Monday or Tuesday in June so officials have more time to get information to the public if there is a Proposition 2½ override request, or debt exclusion question, on the ballot.

“It would allow more time for debate and give the town officials a chance to explain the requests,” she said.

Templeton’s annual town meeting is May 19. Phillipston’s annual town meeting is May 9.

“Sometimes things on the ballot need explaining before the election, and they thought it could be done at the town meeting, with the vote thereafter,” Selectman Terry Dymek.

The change would also allow more time for Templeton to work out its annual budget.

At a recent joint meeting, Templeton Selectman Cameron Fortes was named to the negotiating committee, which will take up the matter with the Narragansett School Committee.

Special municipal employees

Selectmen approved a blanket document allowing special municipal employees designation to town employees. It will be turned in to the clerk’s office and the Ethics Commission at the state Attorney General’s Office. The special designation is allowed in towns with populations of less than 10,000, such as Phillipston, where many people serve in multiple roles, and are either not compensated or are paid for less than 800 hours per year.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the selectmen’s meeting room in Town Hall on March 12.

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