Select Board

Select Board Responsibilities

The board of selectmen’s formal, legal responsibilities are scattered throughout hundreds of statutes and in a town’s bylaws, home rule charter, and in the special laws (special acts) enacted by the Legislature for a particular town. Boards of selectmen have general supervision over all matters that are not specifically delegated by law, or by vote of the town, to another office of board.

While the specific role of the selectman is broad, it varies from town to town. Generally, boards of selectmen have at least several important responsibilities under state law: the power to prepare the town meeting warrant; the power to make appointments to town boards and offices; the power to employ professional administrative staff and town counsel; the power to sign warrants for the payment of all town bills; and the authority to grant licenses and permits.


Select Board members

Melissa Makepeace O'Neil, Vice Chair


Elaine Puleo

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April Stein

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Select Board meets biweekly at 6:30 PM at Town Hall, usually on Tuesdays. Most meetings begin with an Open Comment period in which members of the public are encouraged to share information or thoughts with the Select Board. All meetings can be found on the Town Calendar.

Minutes are listed on the Meeting option on the navigation bar for the website


News & Updates

All Boards and Department Meeting

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 the Select Board will hold a public meeting downstairs in Town Hall for All Boards and Departments.  The evening schedule is as follows:

6:30 pm - Select Board Business Meeting

7:00 to 8:15 pm - Reports and updates from Boards, Committee and Departments

8:15 to 9:00 pm - Dessert and small group/individual discussions

All Boards, Committees and Departments are encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP at or call 259-1214.  Thank you, Becky Torres, Town Administrator 

Special Event

The Select Board is sponsoring a social hour on Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm to thank volunteers and staff who are retiring and to provide an opportunity to meet the candidates who will be on the ballot in May.  All are welcomed.  Click here for more information.

Select Board Priorities 2017-2018 (FY18)

Select Board Priorities 2017-2018 (FY18)

Accountability and Operational Oversight
Select Board will:

  • Continue to work in conjunction with Personnel Committee to improve/establish system for annual reviews of town department heads 
  • Increase frequency of town audit to every two years and eventually every one year (in conjunction with FinComm and financial team).

Community Engagement
Select Board will: