NORRIDGEWOCK — Selectmen will hold a public hearing next week to discuss whether the positions of town treasurer and town clerk should be changed from elected to appointed positions.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mill Stream Elementary School, 26 Mercer Road.

“This is something the town has voted on a number of times, whether by secret ballot or an open-floor vote,” said town manager Michelle Flewelling.

“It is a good opportunity for people to come out and get informed before the November vote.”

The vote, which will take place during a special town meeting on Nov. 6, marks the third time the town has voted on the issue.

In August, the Board of Selectmen decided to hold a special town meeting to put the treasurer position to a vote.


The town clerk position was then added to the ballot last month after a petition was signed by 154 local voters, 23 more than the number required.

“Very small numbers of people have ever voted on this and the petition was signed by considerably more,” said Flewelling.

In 2009, voters rejected, 84-80, a proposal to make the town treasurer position appointed rather than elected.

In 2008 the option to make both positions appointed was listed as one article and was rejected by voters, 39-28.

In November, voters will vote separately on whether the position of town clerk should be appointed rather than elected and whether town treasurer should be appointed rather than elected.

The past votes took place at annual town meetings. Flewelling said that November’s vote will be the first special town meeting that has been called since she took office in 2008.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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