Town officials are considering whether to hold an election for the vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Town Clerk Haley Meczywor told the Selectmen last week that the Nov. 7 special election to fill the seat of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi could be coupled with a town election.
The town will continue the process of increasing the Board of Selectmen from three to five members amid some resistance at town meeting.
Town meeting narrowly approved Article 16 by 53-49 on Monday that will allow the town to solicit the state to approve the change.
Selectman Arthur "Skip" Harrington will step down after serving eight years on the board.
Harrington, whose seat would have been open in 2018, wrote that by bowing out now, he hopes it will give someone else a chance to run before nomination papers are due later in March.
The Selectmen still have no clear direction on how to proceed with increasing the board from three to five members.
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he held a conference call with special legal counsel to discuss adding two more members. Although Town Counsel Edmund St. John III was supposed to be involved in the conversation, he was unable to attend the meeting.
Residents must not only vote again at town meeting to see if they will increase the select board from three to five members but a third time through an election ballot.
Town Administrator Mark Webber told the Selectmen on Tuesday that he has a few more questions about the how to move forward with adding members to the board and plans to contact specialized legal counsel.
If you don't like the way things are going, change it.
That's what Michelle Johnson hopes to do as she seeks election to the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Robert Ericson is up for election on June 21 and Johnson was the first in to challenge him for the seat.
The town's three selectmen got into a heated debate on Tuesday over a town meeting vote to expand their board.
It started when Selectman Robert Ciskowski asked his colleagues to honor the vote from last year that would have started the process of expanding the board to five members.