Thursday night’s special town meeting to overturn the new Salon Ordinance failed to garner enough attendance for a vote, as town charter requires at least 1 percent of registered voters to be present and in favor of overruling the action of the Board of Selectmen (BOS) for the meeting to be valid.
Though supporters of holding the town meeting were on the petition to rescind the Salon Ordinance, only 45 electors were present at Thursday’s meeting.
After a brief , meeting moderator Marty Flynn opened the floor up to public comment, with Dr. Sullivan, Town Sanitarian Paul Avery, First Selectman Bill Davidson and Selectman Howard Lasser answering questions. [See video above for more from the Q&A session with the public.]
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Flynn also took a hand vote of the audience to gauge the disposition of those that attended. Only three members of the audience raised their hand in favor of keeping the ordinance, including Davidson and Lasser.
“Overwhelmingly, the people who came out tonight came to overturn the ordinance,” Flynn said before closing the meeting, “But they did not have the votes.”