Commission wants to change how Claremont is governed
The city is run by a city manager and city council.
Joe Osgood, Rusty Fowler, Ron Gilbert, Cynthia Howard and Paul LaCasse voted for the motion to convert to a mayor/alderman form of city government while Robert Porter, Raymond Gagnon and Nick Koloski voted against it. Chairman George Caccavaro Jr. didn’t vote.
“It’s pretty clear to me there is some frustration with the people of Claremont under the current type of government where we have a city manager and council,” said Osgood on Monday. “I am just looking for a way for the people to express their frustration.”
“The bottom line, if people are frustrated and they are not happy with what he is doing, they can vote him out,” Osgood said.
Gagnon said Monday he voted the measure down because he feels it is too big a change for voters to swallow this November.
“It’s a really heavy sale,” Gagnon said.
“We’re a small city of 14,000 people and we have a very competent city manager who is very well respected and thought of highly in the world of city managers,” Gagnon said.
In June, the commission is expected to submit a preliminary report to the city and in November voters will have a chance to approve or vote down changes to the charter proposed by the commission.