Public hearing set for Dec. 3

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Town manager or not in Green Mountain Falls? After weeks of talk and presentations, the board of trustees set Dec. 3 for a public hearing on the issue.

Mayor Pro Tem Jane Newberry presented a draft ordinance to Mayor Lorrie Worthey and the board of trustees Nov. 5. The ordinance establishes the position and lays out the responsibilities of the manager. “The board would appoint the town manager by a majority vote,” Newberry said.

While the board approved the motion for the public hearing, trustee Tyler Stevens balked. “I will not be supporting the motion,” he said. “I think it's premature; I'm very interested in the subject but I do not see the urgency. Our due diligence is clearly not the best.”

Newberry disagreed. “We've talked about this intensely in the last six weeks, had three experts come up and discuss it,” she said. “We had a workshop at which time you refused to discuss the goals I had brought for the town manager. But that's your choice.”

The mayor weighed in. “I will not be supporting this as well. I believe we need to do more research and talk about it more, instead of rushing this through,” Worthey said. At this point, Worthey distributed a copy of a letter starting her views on the subject. The letter is published in this week's Courier.

Newberry persisted. “I feel that by not allowing a discussion (public hearing) of a town ordinance you are not listening to what we talked about for the last several weeks,” she said. “I don't believe we're rushing and I think our town will benefit.”

The public hearing is at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 in the temporary town hall. The discussion will include a proposal to appoint Rob McArthur, the town's public works director, as the town manager. McArthur's salary would remain the same.

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