Weston selectmen vote to form new charter revision commission

GOV-cupolaThe Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its May 16 meeting to form another Charter Revision Commission.

The commission will consist of seven members, of which a maximum of two may be elected officials. The commission, when members are appointed, will be asked to complete its work in time for any proposed changes to the charter to go on the ballot in November.

A seven-member Charter Revision Commission was formed in 2011, and a new town charter was approved last year. The selectmen would like a new commission to revisit some of the changes that have proven to be problematic.

Among the issues that have come up are a quorum requirement at the Annual Town Budget Meeting (ATBM), and ambiguities regarding how voting is handled if a quorum is not met; and a new requirement to advertise certain paid appointed positions (such as the animal control officer and the town treasurer).

First Selectman Gayle Weinstein said the advertisement requirement is tricky because some of the positions are union ones, and advertising for outside applicants for a post that is not really “open” and that must first be offered to current union employees creates complications.

All of the members of the previous commission have expressed interest in serving again. However, more than two of them are now elected officials.

Selectman Dennis Tracey said he will be sorry not to be a part of the new commission, but he is willing not to serve, given his position on the Board of Selectmen. “I don’t think it’s appropriate,” he said.

As for the remaining six previous members, four are elected officials, including the previous co-chairman, Ken Edgar.

Ms. Weinstein said they may have to simply “pick names out of a hat” to determine which former members will serve on the committee. The remaining spots will need to be filled by new applicants who are not elected town officials.

Any Weston resident interested in serving on the commission is invited to submit a letter of interest to the Selectmen’s Office, Weston Town Hall, 56 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883, or email [email protected]

The board is expected to interview candidates at its next meeting, Monday, June 10.

For questions or more information, call the selectmen’s office at 203-222-2656.

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