Charter changes: Weston selectmen set public hearing

The Board of Selectmen received the Charter Revision Commission’s recommended changes to the town charter on May 14, and it has set a date to hear what the public has to say about it.

At their meeting last week, the selectmen voted to hold a public hearing on the proposed charter changes on Thursday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall Meeting Room.

Selectman Dennis Tracey recused himself from the discussion and vote because he is also a member of the Charter Revision Commission.

The board has 45 days — until June 28 — to hold a public hearing on the proposed changes.

Selectman David Muller, however, said he wanted to hold the hearing before the end of the school year, “before people start to leave town” for the summer. Ms. Weinstein agreed.

When it comes to how to present the charter changes to voters, Ms. Weinstein said she wants to wait to hear what people have to say at the public hearing.

She said at the Charter Revision Commission’s public hearing, held last month, she heard a lot of people with differing opinions on whether to make the town clerk and the tax collector appointed rather than elected positions, and on the Annual Town Budget Meeting/budget referendum issue. There may be other issues that are equally controversial, she said.

“We may decide to pull these out, separate from the rest of the charter, depending on what we hear at the public hearing,” Ms. Weinstein said.

The Board of Selectmen has 15 days from the public hearing to either accept the Charter Revision Commission’s report or to return it to the commission with comments.

The board is scheduled to meet a week after the public hearing, on June 21. Ms. Weinstein and Mr. Muller said they expect to make a decision on the charter at that meeting.

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