Plymouth: Town Moderator says rules support giving car dealership article a second shot

Author: Bobbi Clark

Town meeting has spoken, but David Gould did not. Plymouth’s  Environmental Manager had been dismissed for the afternoon session of town meeting last week when Article 41 was heard. So, when called upon by some town meeting members for professional advice concerning the article— Gould was unavailable.  The article, which was defeated by the required 2/3 majority, would have allowed auto dealerships at Commerce Way—an area located in an aquifer protection district.

Town Moderator Steven Triffletti said the problem with the article has nothing to do with its merits.

“The issue before the town of Plymouth is not whether or not that article should have been supported or defeated, but rather did the petitioner get a fair hearing,” said Trifletti.

And the majority of the Board of Selectmen say no, because of Gould’s absence, and want to return the article to town meeting for another hearing, either in the fall or before that in a special session.  

The town charter offers support of that position, according to Triffletti.

“Section 8 relates to Compulsory Attendance, and it says in pertinent part, that all department heads or those officials, designated representatives, shall attend all representative town meeting sessions.”

Selectmen meet Tuesday at 7 p.m.  

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