Duxbury: Town Meeting Approves Article to Increase Number of Members on Board of Selectmen

The question of how many selectmen should serve in Duxbury has come before Town Meeting several times over the last 15 years. A citizen petition brought it forth again this year. The town government study committee, the finance committee and selectmen all unanimously opposed the move from three to five board members. As Town Meeting approached, selectmen questioned the form of the petitioned article. The moderator and town counsel approved the form. Monday night, while praising the three incumbents, voters said said they thought a five-member board might bring more ideas to bear. Town counsel said if the meeting approved the article it would not force selectmen to take the next step of petitioning the state legislature to make the change. Voters wanted to know whether selectmen would follow their will. Chairman Ted Flynn said yes. So did the voters.

Here’s Chairman of Selectmen Ted Flynn:

The vote was 108 to make the change, 52 opposed.

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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.