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Wilton reverses decision, moves Town Meeting to June

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/16/2021 4:49:59 PM

Wilton’s Town Meeting is now scheduled for June 10 after the Select Board voted Wednesday to reverse its original decision following a cavalcade of resident feedback. 

In January, the board voted 2-1, with Selectman Kermit Williams dissenting, to move forward with its regularly scheduled March Town Meeting format. But Select Board Chair Matt Fish said that following that meeting, the board received significantly more feedback, particularly from elderly community members, that made him reconsider his initial vote.

The vote to delay Town Meeting to June was also a 2-1 vote, with Selectwoman Kellie-Sue Boissonnault maintaining the stance that the town should hold the meeting in March.

“I was the tiebreaking vote, and I decided I needed to defer to the wisdom of our elders,” Fish said, of his change of perspective. “I can’t ask someone to do something I wouldn’t. And after hearing from citizens, I can’t say that if I were their age, and with the conditions they may have, that I would go.”

The Town Meeting is now scheduled to be held outdoors on June 10 at the Florence Rideout Elementary School field at 6:30 p.m. The rain date is June 17 at the same location and time.

Fish said the June date allows for both an outdoor meeting, and to allow time for more of the population to access the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Not knowing what the virus is going to do, the only logical decision is to assume the vast majority of the at-risk population will have access to the vaccine,” Fish said.

Fish said the decision was “apolitical.”

“Any inconvenience this might have for the town government is nowhere near the potential negative outcome if we had a viral outbreak at Town Meeting.”

Fish said the town intends to produce a livestream presentation prior to the Town Meeting, outlining the items on the warrant and a voting guide, with the intent to shorten Town Meeting as much as possible.

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