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    Selectmen seeking support on public gathering bylaw

    Residents will be asked to support a public gathering bylaw at the annual Town Meeting in May. Selectmen have drafted an article for the warrant that requires anyone planning a get-together of 250 or more people to get a permit from the town. “That way, everybody who needs to be notified – the police and fire chiefs, the board of health, the highway department and building inspector, if necessary – will be in the loop,” said Town Coordinator Dale Pleau. “Selectmen will be able to review the application and get reports from the various departments to make sure that necessary safety conditions have been addressed, any fees that may be incurred have been paid, and things like that.” An application last year by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts to hold an event for between 500 and 1,000 people on private property is what spurred the creation of this proposed bylaw, Pleau said. The event ended up being held in another community. “It’s not that large gatherings can’t be held here, because they can,” said Pleau. “It’s just that we want the necessary precautions in place.”