Monday, August 13, 2012

"a Town Council is like having Town Meeting twice a month"

The Milford Daily News reports on some area communities that have changed from a town meeting to a manager and elected council to govern.
Franklin Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting said many Bay State communities are still wrestling with "the never-ending debate over choosing between giving people a direct voice or governmental efficiency.'' 
Since revising its charter in 2010, Franklin is governed by nine Town Council members and an administrator whom they appoint. 
"When communities debate this you always hear people's concern about losing their representative voices. The love of town meeting is an emotional issue. People say it's the purest form of democracy,'' he said. "But towns can't be run like they were 200 years ago. I just see the world is changing and I think this is the best way to deal with it.'' 
For Nutting, working in concert with Town Council has helped Franklin move quickly to offer businesses tax incentives to move to town, fine tune zoning changes and resolve unexpected problems.

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