Code of civility

Selectmen on Tuesday are expected to discuss a code of civility to govern conduct at public meetings and employee-resident interactions, assistant Town Administrator Nancy Howlett said last week. Selectmen proposed the code three months ago, saying they were seeking to restore community spirit and mutual respect during interactions among town representatives and the public. In explaining the need for the code, officials cited instances of rude or insulting language at public meetings and hostile behavior at the town transfer station. Selectwoman Sandra MacFarlane proposed changes and clarifications in the proposed code’s language when the board discussed a draft last month, and the board decided to table action on a final draft until a future meeting.