Is it time for Haverhill to move on from traditional, in-person town meeting?

HAVERHILL — Is it time for Haverhill to move on from traditional, in-person town meeting? That question was raised at the Select Board meeting on Monday. Resident Mike Lavoie suggested that the town look into the SB2 form of town meeting, where warrant articles are discussed and amended at a deliberative session in February and then voted on by ballot on election day in March. Explaining his interest in SB2, Lavoie pointed to this year’s town meeting cycle, where more than 700 people cast ballots in the March 8 town election but only 200 people attended the March 12 business meeting, which decided 29 warrant articles including the $4.25 million operating budget. Lavoie formally asked the Select Board to gather information on SB2, so that residents could be informed on the issue. He expressed a desire to put the matter to voters at the 2023 town meeting, and if approved it would take effect in 2024.

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