Remote participation permanent in Marion

By Andrea Ray | Apr 18, 2017

All Marion committees may now utilize remote participation permanently, after a successful trial run came to an end.

Marion Planning Board Chair Robert Lane approached the Selectmen Tuesday night to request a continuation of remote participation. The Planning Board was the first board to originally request that remote participation become an option for committee members, and they played the guinea pig for the program over the last year.

Selectmen approved the trial run under the stipulation that committee members appointed by the Selectmen could attend meetings remotely for no more than two meetings consecutively. Boards with elected members are not bound to that rule, and may still use remote participation.

"Have there been any problems with remote attendance?" Selectman Stephen Cushing asked Lane.

"Only with setting up the system," Lane told him. "Otherwise it's a great system. It's been very helpful for committee members to vote on things they otherwise wouldn't be able to vote on."

"Anything to help people do their jobs more efficiently," said Selectman Jody Dickerson as the Board approved Lane's request.

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