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May 21, 2013

Danvers school budget under fire at Town Meeting


“Why change something if it’s already working quite well?” he asked, adding that it’s the issues, not the day on which an election is held, that drive turnout for town elections.

In fixing the town’s taxicab bylaw, Town Meeting conceded a point from one of its newest and youngest members, Precinct 3 member Alex Swift, and his father, Precinct 3 member Ralph Swift. They said the town’s taxicab bylaws should not explicitly state cabs can refuse to pick up a person who is drunk, on the theory that the person has called a taxi because they are too drunk to drive.

“The purpose of the amendment is safety,” Alex Swift said. Town Meeting members agreed and amended the bylaw.

The 136 members present also passed a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries with no discussion except for a minor wording change.

Last night’s Town Meeting was the first at the high school auditorium since 2006.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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