Fixing Town Meeting

The subcommittee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to look into ways to make town meeting more efficient will hold its first public hearing July 19 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Stoughton Town Hall. The subcommittee was formed after this year’s Town Meeting considered 88 articles over nine sessions and about 27 hours of debate, with declining attendance in later sessions. Selectmen Cynthia Walsh and Robert O’Regan have been charged with such things as determining the reasons for the multitude of warrant articles this year and the slow pace of meetings; recommending ways to improve the way information is presented; and submitting guidelines for the submission of articles by town departments, boards, and commissions. The subcommittee has been asked to report to the entire board by Sept. 1. Residents are also invited to submit written comments to Town Meeting Subcommittee, Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 10 Pearl St., Stoughton, MA, 02072 or to e-mail suggestions to