Cohasset: Town Meeting approves budget and bylaw changes

Cohasset Town Meeting went late to finish its 29 pieces of business in one night Monday.

The Meeting approved a $4.7 million dollar operating budget plus capital expenditures of $750,000. Selectmen and town manager Christopher Senior developed the budget. The advisory committee disapproved the budget. Selectmen concentrated on balancing the operating budget and avoiding an override to pay for the schools. They focused on the current year. The advisory committee focused on the future and wanted to put more money in savings. The Meeting sided with selectmen.

Town Meeting spent most of its time considering changes in town bylaws. After much discussion, it updated the bylaw interpreting the state’s Town Manager Act as recommended by selectmen. Articles petitioned by citizens proposing bylaw changes failed. Two presented by former congressional candidate Gabriel Gomez would have banned patronage and gifts to selectmen. Opponents to the articles argued the state and town clerk already enforces those bans. The Meeting found a proposal to make the temporary governance committee a standing body too vague and rejected it.

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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.