On Saturday, Plymouth Town Meeting got the job done in one session –cruising through almost two dozen articles, with only two of them causing some debate.
The petitioned article that would have put into effect a two-year moratorium on large scale wind turbines was defeated, failing to get the required 2/3 vote. Neither the Board of Selectmen or Finance Committee supported it, but the article did have Planning Board backing. Chairman Marc Garrett:
“We felt that there was compelling information to allow for a moratorium, as requested by the petitioner, on residential industrial wind turbines.”
Some argued that the moratorium would allow time to revise the existing town bylaw, but town meeting member Simon Thomas disagreed:
“I did not support the moratorium. I just think that’s an extreme drastic action. The bylaw in town in my opinion: very thorough—and it works.”
After much discussion, town meeting approved almost $400,000 in CPA funds to purchase the old Methodist Church downtown—the goal being to transform it into a performing arts center.
An article that failed at town meeting last spring, passed unanimously: the transfer of a parking lot behind the old Court House from the School Department to the Select Board.