The Feb. 18 Town Council meeting had just begun when one Councilor called for it to be adjourned.
Councilor Mark Osborne called for adjournment shortly after the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Michael Fairbanks said he had decided to go ahead with the meeting after he learned that three Councilors would be unavailable the following week. With Tom Cardon the sole Councilor to be absent Feb. 18, he said he thought it would be better to hold the meeting with six of the seven, rather than postponing it.
But Osborne cited the inclement weather, and said it would be better to postpone and allow the Department of Public Works to clear the streets.
Councilor Neil Wetherbee countered, “We’re here, the public is here, the staff is here. It would be the same if we left now, or two hours from now.”
“I appreciate the input,” Fairbanks said.
The Council voted 2-4 to adjourn the meeting. Osborne and Councilor Al Dimmock were in favor of the motion, Fairbanks and Councilors Neil Wetherbee, Brad Benson and Phyllis Katsakiores against it. The meeting continued.
Later in the meeting, Osborne proposed that the Council open its Public Forum section after the discussion of the Professional, Administrative and Technical contract, rather than leaving it to the end of the meeting. The next item on the agenda was the Town Administrator search, and Wetherbee objected to postponing it. “We’ve been without an administrator for months, and all we do is delay,” he said.
“We’re not going to do it in 20 minutes,” Osborne said, referring to the lateness of the hour. The Council cannot go past 10 p.m. without voting for a 10-minute extension.
“We could cover a substantial amount of material in a half hour, if we got one extension,” Wetherbee countered.
The Council voted 4-2 to move the public forum. Katsakiores, Osborne, Dimmock and Fairbanks voted in the affirmative, with Wetherbee and Benson in the negative.
The Town Administrator discussion and an update on the Adams Memorial Building will be moved to a future meeting.