Buxton Charter Commission
February 25, 2010
Submitted by Stephanie Grinnell
Call to order at 6:40 p.m. Present are Chairman Andy Townsend, Selectman Dan Collomy, David Dunn, Brent Havu, Larry Miller and May Schumacher (arrived late). Vice-Chairman Dianne Senechal, Judy Sjulander and Jennifer Barschdorf are absent.
Approval of minutes from last meeting; approved as submitted, unanimous.
Les, who tapes charter commission meetings, spoke about volume issues recently experienced by some viewers. He suggested viewers should call Dianne Senechal at town hall or Saco River Community Television to report problems. He requested viewers take note of the time of volume issues as well as programing when reporting a problem.
Review of Correspondence
The commission received two letters. A motion was made to delay reading of one letter and seconded. The commission discussed reasons for the delay; citing the anonymous signature, no return address and the letter's content. The motion to delay reading the letter until legal advice is obtained was unanimously approved.
The second letter was from Keith Stigman. He mentioned volume issues in addition to suggesting a role and responsibilities for a town manager.
- Form of Government Scenarios for Public Hearing – continued ** the 7 scenarios are attached with each noted on it's own page **
The commission also discussed presenting town meeting options during an upcoming public hearing to gather public input. The commission discussed alternatives to a town meeting, including a referendum vote. The commission discussed possible downsides of town meeting and referendum voting. A motion was made to include discussion about town meeting during the public hearing; seconded; unanimously approved. (The Town Meeting scenario is included in the attached 7 scenarios.)
Mr. Anthony spoke about logistics of referendum voting
The commission discussed possible public hearing dates as well as a start time of 7 p.m., as is customary for public hearings in Buxton.
The commission discussed the letter previously mentioned and creating a policy to address anonymous correspondence and reading aloud communications with the commission during meetings. The commission plans to consult an attorney regarding a policy and the letter's content.
Other New Business
Charter Commission Meeting, Thursday, March 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Charter Commission Meeting, Thursday, March 25, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
The commission set the agenda for the next meeting. Open issues will be scenarios for public hearing (continued); advertising options for the hearing and discussion of advice from attorney regarding written public comment.
Public Comments: none at this time
Adjournment at 8:42 p.m.