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Town Meeting rescheduled to Nov. 18 due to lack of quorum

Nov 05, 2019 03:46PM ● By Lisa Redmond

DRACUT – Twenty-four voters. Without those voters the fall Town Meeting failed to meet the required 200-voter quorum and had to be rescheduled to Nov. 18.

The irony is that in 2010, Town Meeting agreed to lower the quorum for the fall Town Meeting to 200 voters from 250- which is still the spring Town Meeting quorum - because only 200 people showed up for the fall session, according to published reports.

The spring session garners more attendance because that session plows through the multi-million-dollar town and school budgets.

Town Meeting is open to Dracut residents who have registered to vote. Dracut has 21,872 registered voters, according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.

The informal count from Monday night was 176 voters.

Getting a new date may seem as easy as marking a calendar, but town officials say it cost the town thousands of dollars to hold Town Meeting, including costs to legally post the new date to paying for workers.

When Town Meeting voters return to Dracut High School on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. they will face a 28-article warrant with several key issues to tackle, including Article 12, which is being spearheaded by resident Rich Cowan, whose Facebook page is Dracut Civic Watch.

The article seeks to ensure future transparency of bid awards. It asks that the town bylaws be amended adding Section 3 which requires the Board of Selectmen to instruct the town manage to maintain a web page on the town’s website.

The Board of Selectmen’s anger over Town Manager Jim Duggan’s lack of oversight over the town’s potentially illegal bid practices was the final straw that firced Town Manager Jim Duggan to resign after six years.

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