Input sought on Topsham government improvement report

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TOPSHAM — After completing a draft report on ways to improve attendance and participation at town meetings, the Topsham Government Improvement Committee is looking for public input at a meeting next week.

The meeting will be held in the ground-floor meeting room of the Topsham Municipal Building, starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25.

The 97-page report has been posted at and distributed to town officials, and it can be reviewed at the Topsham Public Library. It follows a year-long process by the committee.

“Comments and questions will be very helpful to the committee in making its final report to the Board of Selectman in February,” committee Chairman John Rensenbrink said.

The report’s recommendations include:

• Creating a standing committee to assist in the publicity and logistics of issues pertaining to Town Meeting.

• Distributing a voters guide that explains warrant articles.

• Establishing a “state of the town” presentation by the town manager.

• Findings of times and dates of meetings.

• Coming up with ideas on technological improvements that would allow people bound to their homes to participate.

• And continuing to have Town Meeting on a Wednesday evening, but starting it at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or [email protected].

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.