Hanover: New personnel system for Town Hall?

Hanover finished its Special Town Meeting and got through 33 of 43 articles of the Annual Town Meeting Monday night. The Meeting approved a $50 million operating budget, placed a one year moratorium on medical marijuana clinics and approved a zoning change to allow so-called in-law apartments. But most wanted to get to article 43.

It would give the town manager near complete control over all personnel matters in town government, powers that former selectman Dan Pallotta opposes. He tried to get the Meeting to move article 43 out of order.

Selectmen also wanted to move the question for immediate consideration – to adopt it. Approving the move required a two-thirds vote. It failed on a voice vote, a show of hands, a count of all votes and a reconsideration.

If Hanover Town Meeting achieves a quorum of 100 voters when it reconvenes Tuesday at 7:30 in the high school, it will vote on Article 43, the new personnel system.

About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.