Norwell: Officials expand Historical Commission membership

Norwell selectmen met Wednesday night and voted to increase the number of members on the Historical Commission and interviewed candidates to fill those new vacancies.

The board voted to add two more seats, expanding it from a five member board to a seven member board.

Selectmen also interviewed three applicants, Noel Ripley, Katherine Campbell and Joe Carty, to fill the two new vacancies.

Historical Commission member Wendy Bawabe said it’s time to bring the commission back to its original, seven member board.

“It’s less adding two more members, than it is bringing us back to the previous seven member board. We had an issue a few years ago where we didn’t have enough applicants and we were really having a hard time meeting our quorum with seven members and we had a single applicant, who I think has reapplied this time, which would have brought us to six and still we would have had to have a quorum of four. So we thought it would be best, because we were having such issues – we had to cancel a few meetings in row because we didn’t have a quorum, so we asked the board of selectmen at the time if we could drop it down to five, until we had enough applicants to bring it back up to seven.”

Selectman Tammie Garner was absent, so selectmen tabled the appointment of the two historical commission seats until the full board is present.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.