[quote][b]Keep the town meeting process in Skowhegan[/b]
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel Monday, April 9, 2007
Skowhegan's town manager was reported, in your April 3 edition, as advocating that town meetings be replaced by referendum ballots.
I have attended the meetings Philip Tarr refers to in the article. While I witnessed two or three individuals who were less than civil, most of the comments were heartfelt attempts to arrive at solutions to complex problems and priorities.[/quote]
Whitefield Returns to Open Town Meeting, Keeps Dam
Story date: 04/25/2007
By Lucy L. Martin
By an overwhelming margin, Whitefield voters on Tuesday approved (208-61) reinstating the open town meeting format.
[url=http://www.mainelincolncountynews.com/index.cfm?ID=24717]Lincoln County News[/url]
Well, in some towns, nothing works to get voters interested. The article states that the Whitefield referendum vote only drew the same number of voters as town meeting ever did. That's a first - every other Maine town that has switched has seen a 100%-400% increase in voter turnout.
From the article:
[quote]Russell said Wednesday about the vote, â€œItâ€™s a good thing for the town.â€ Town meeting draws people who are â€œconcerned enough to talk about an issue,â€ he said.[/quote]
Code-speak for "special interest groups."
Lincoln County News
Waldoboro Returns to Traditional Town Meeting, Defeats Budget Overrides
Story date: 06/20/2007
By Mike Colbert
Referendum style town meeting voting died June 12.... Voters rescinded the November decision to move the town to a referendum style voting procedure, opting to return to traditional open town meeting.
The vote was 554 in favor of rescinding the November decision, with 492 against the return to traditional town meeting.
â€œItâ€™s far from being over,â€ said Ron Miller, who spearheaded the movement away from traditional open town meeting. â€œWeâ€™ll bring referendum voting back again.â€
Letter to the Editor -- Back to Tradition in Waldoboro
Story date: 06/20/2007
To the Editor:
Dear Fellow Waldoboro Townspeople,
I would like to thank you for supporting the article returning traditional style town meeting this past election. The vote...demonstrates...voters are not happy with the status quo. Hopefully the leaders of this community will devise a method of town meeting...agreeable to a greater percentage of...Waldoboro..., without giving up the townâ€™s right to an open town meeting.
...Waldoboro voters restored a time honored democratic process, the purest form of democracy.