NEWRY — The Board of Selectmen continued discussion Tuesday evening on revising an ordinance to reduce the size of the Planning Board, Administrator Loretta Powers said Wednesday afternoon.

In a Dec. 4 email to Powers, Planning Board Chairman Patrick Roma said the board often doesn’t have enough members for a quorum to conduct business at its meetings.

“It’s just a small ordinance change that’s required, but we needed to double-check to see if a public hearing was necessary to make that change,” Powers said. “The board does need to schedule a public hearing, so the next step is to schedule a date for the hearing.”

Powers said the Planning Board has struggled to get a quorum many times.

“Sometimes, it’s hard for people to get there, because a lot of the members work out of town, so getting to the meeting can be difficult,” she said.

Proposed changes the Planning Board include:


* Lowering the number of members from seven regular and one alternate to five members and two alternates.

* Changing the quorum requirement from five to three.

* Clarifying that the reduction in numbers will occur via attrition.

* Adding a section defining what constitutes a vacancy.

* Removing a section that states comprehensive planning is a board responsibility.

In other business, Powers said selectmen voted to begin working on the budget at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

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