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October 23, 2013

Town Meeting rescinds selectmen's River Road action

But town's law firm says that vote is not binding

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In a statement that demonstrated the gulf that has arisen between selectmen and some citizens, Barnes said, “I don’t feel the formation of a committee will do anything because they won’t listen to us.”

Pinciaro wrote in an email, “The heart of the matter is whether or not Town Meeting has the right to overturn a decision by the Board of Selectmen, in this case our petition to Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, to have them hold hearings to determine if the easement granted … can be removed.”

Pinciaro also stressed that without this protection, town governments would grind to a dysfunctional halt.

“As a practical matter, municipal government would grind to a halt if every decision by an elected body could potentially be challenged in this fashion and brought before Town Meeting. Nothing would get done and no one would run for these positions,” he wrote.

The meeting of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Adjudicatory Board is set for Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Merrimac Town Hall.

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