Town Charter Review Underway in Orleans

OrleansORLEANS – A mandatory review of how government operates in Orleans is underway.

Every few years, the town is required to review its charter. A group of residents have been at work for several months, and are compiling some proposals to bring to residents for consideration.

One of the proposals would implement term limits on appointed town boards, which has been an informal policy of the Board of Selectmen.

“I think that’s a very good suggestion, to really open up more volunteer participation and fresh ideas,” said Selectmen chairman Dave Dunford.

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The review committee has also raised the possibility of reducing town meeting quorums from 200 to 20, which Dunford said “is basically zero, it’s pretty close. It will be interesting to see how the town meeting will react to that.”

A public meeting will be held on December 8th to discuss the ideas.