Norwell: Officials delay vote on Town Charter amendments

Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night and decided to delay voting on Town Charter amendments made by the state legislature until next week.

Revisions to Norwell’s town charter calls for increasing the Board of Selectmen from 3 members to 5 members and is currently on the fast track in the state legislature, which has made some technical amendments to it.

However, before the bill can continue, the selectmen have to first vote to approve the changes. Although Norwell Town Government Study Committee member Dan Collins asked for a vote, the Board of Selectmen said they were not ready yet.

Selectmen Chair John Mariano said, “I think there are two reasons. One, we didn’t have the latest version of the draft and then there was another question that had been raised, relative to the process by which new members to the board would be elected.”

Selectmen will meet on Monday, March 19 at 8:30 A.M. to vote on the amendments.

The Town Government Study Committee hopes to get the bill through the legislature and on the ballot in time for a vote at the town election in May.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.