FinCom member quits mid meeting after losing housing vote
26 family shelter units and education center
Plymouth Advisory and Finance member Bethany Rogers abruptly resigned last night mid meeting after the committee voted to issue a negative report on an housing measure sought by the Community Preservation Committee for the Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless.
The departure was reminiscent of Select Board Member Shelagh Joyce who also resigned mid meeting without explanation in May 2021.
Rogers and other members spoke eloquently in favor of the measure prior to the vote and Chairman Steven Nearman characterized the debate as “lively.” Members Daniel Green and Timothy Lawlor were among the most vocal opponents and were particularly concerned that there was no guarantee the housing units would be dedicated to homeless residents of Plymouth.
The measure would create “26 family shelter units and education center” in the Industrial Park.
After the vote, Nearman proceeded to move to the next agenda item but then recognized Rogers to speak. Rogers spoke briefly, resigned, packed a laptop and departed off camera.
The FinCom also issued a negative report on the $4M Cranberry Commons at Redbrook development which AD Makepeace recently agreed to move across Wareham Road.
ARTICLE 16A: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from the Community Preservation Fund revenues or transfer from Community Preservation available funds or reserves, or borrow the sum of $3,000,000 to grant to Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. for the purposes of constructing 26 family shelter units and education center with a deed restricted for affordable housing on the property located at 54 Industrial Park Road Plymouth Massachusetts, lot 12A-6, on assessors map 102 and further to authorize the Select Board to accept an affordable housing restriction pursuant to G.L. c. 44B, Section 12 and G.L. c. 184, Sections 31-33 at 54 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth Massachusetts or take any other action relative thereto. COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE