Marion Selectmen ponder new bylaw

Jan 5, 2021

MARION — Selectmen discussed a proposed bylaw which would place a time frame on the expenditure of funds granted at Town Meeting. 

Community Preservation Committee Chair Jeff Doubrava proposed the bylaw, which would allow the town to reclaim unused project funds after a certain period of time. 

The time frame for expenditure of funds will likely be fluid, and depend on the project at hand. 

“These projects are all over the place,” Doubrava said, so they have to be treated on a case-by-case basis.

“That’s how it was handled in Sandwich and Hingham,” Town Administrator Jay McGrail said. 

Doubrava said the idea is to have the town vote both on new projects and how long those projects have to spend money awarded at Town Meeting. 

“There needs to be some flexibility, and as long as I’m on the committee, the time period will be pretty generous,” Doubrava said. 

In a future meeting, selectmen will decide whether or not to add the bylaw to the list of items to be voted on at the next Town Meeting.