Marshfield: Unexpected special town meeting proposed for June 7th

Monday night, Marshfield Town Administrator Rocco Longo announced a citizen petition by Pam Keith, regarding the recreation department’s revolving fund, will result in a special town meeting.

By law, Selectmen must hold the meeting 45 days after receipt of the letter, giving a proposed date by Longo of Thursday June 7th, though he stated Keith’s concern is not an emergency.

A special town meeting would cost Marshfield $5,000 and according to Longo, the pair of articles proposed may not hold any weight,“There are two legal opinions that say even if we do have the town meeting and vote on it, it’s not going to be a legal conclusion. So we’re going to invest a lot of money to have the special town meeting.”

Because the announcement was not on the agenda, no details about the recreation related articles were given. Marshfield Selectmen plan to discuss the issue at their next meeting Monday, May 7th.

Longo also addressed confusion at the annual town meeting about Article 26 and proposed creating a new policy to fund non-profits.

Marshfield resident Barry Cornwall has successfully petitioned multiple years for three non-profits to receive a small amount of funding from the town. However, just days before last Monday’s town meeting, the South Shore Women’s Resource Center picked up about three years worth of checks and checks for the other two groups were still sitting at town hall.

Administrator Longo explained creating a policy to structure non-profit funding would prevent mix-ups, “Those non-profits they go through a lot of transition with staff and the CEOs and those kinds of things, so I think the whole point of the policy would be to create a better communication process so we wouldn’t be in the same position in the future.”

After Marshfield residents heard from officials that non-profits were not collecting checks, only $850 was approved for the Women’s Resource Center at town meeting; $3,000 was originally proposed for all three non-profits.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.