Carver: Town Meeting sees red

Monday night, Carver Town Meeting spent an hour of their more than four hour meeting on a question to prohibit selectmen from doing other jobs – as elected officials or as employees.

About a third of voters present wore red shirts to demonstrate anger that when selectmen considered renegotiating a contract with police chief Mike Miksch last week, they cast a split 2-2 vote. Miksch has accepted an appointment as police chief in Hanson. That followed the announcement that town administrator Rick LaFond accepted the job as Town Manager of Abington. Last month voters replaced Jack Franey as treasurer/collector. Franey also serves on the board of selectmen.

Conservation Agent Sarah Hewins also serves as a selectman. Police sergeant Mike O’Donnell serves as chairman of selectmen, a subordinate of and superior to the police chief.

By a two to one margin, Carver Town Meeting approved the prohibition on selectmen holding multiple offices. O’Donnell refused to comment. Hewins said she respected Town Meeting’s decision and regretted the departure of Misch and LaFond.

Town meeting also approved a $33 million operating budget, refused to lower the Community Preservation Act surtax from 3 to 1 percent, approved new pawnbroker regulations recommended by Miksch and placed a one-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has 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.