Plymouth: Solid waste disposal question could head to ballot

How to dispose of Plymouth’s solid waste–that is the question— and it could be decided by a ballot question after the suggestion was made during public comment at the Selectmen’s meeting this week.

Dale Webber is a town meeting member and a member of AFSCME Local 2824—the union that includes town and school employees. During public comment Tuesday night, Webber asked the Board to consider putting the solid waste question on the ballot, noting that they had the necessary 35 days in which to do it.

Selectman Ken Tavares is considering it:

“I’ve asked the town manager to look into that and see if the dates are correct. Certainly it’s at a very late stage of taking a turn because we’ve been through public hearings, we’re going through caucuses now. The Board of Selectmen has taken a position on this and we’re going to town meeting—and we have to balance a ballot question with responsibilities of elected officials.”

The matter could be taken up next week:

“Depending on the time frames, we might have to request that the Board come back into a session next week, or maybe that could be done on April 2nd. It really depends on how we’re governed and I believe it’s by state law as to what you can put and when you can put it on a ballot.”

Article 7D covering solid waste options is scheduled to go to town meeting, which begins on April 6th.

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Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.