Town meeting quorum lowered
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Fall Town Meeting decided last Thursday to keep the minimum quorum at 150 voters to open a town meeting, but drop the required minimum to 100 once the meeting was underway. The measure was a compromise from an article presented two days earlier, which called for maintaining the 150-voter minimum to open a town meeting, but eliminating the quorum requirement altogether once action began. According to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne, shortly after the article’s initial defeat, that evening’s Town Meeting had been forced to adjourn, with only three articles to go, due to a lack of quorum. When Town Meeting reconvened last Thursday, the quorum article was brought up for reconsideration and amended to require the 100-voter minimum, Thorne said. “It was a slam dunk that time.”