September 21, 2019
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Town won’t spend $10K to rewrite old docs, but commits to using gender neutral language in the future

Deb Cram | Portsmouth Herald
Deb Cram | Portsmouth Herald
South Berwick Town Council Chairman Jack Kareckas, with town councilor Russ Abell, left, presides over a meeting in this Seacoast Online file photo.

At their Tuesday night meeting, South Berwick town councilors addressed gender-neutral language in town documents.

In 2006, it was estimated it would cost $10,000 to $15,000 to make existing town documents gender neutral. Instead, councilors agreed to make future documents gender neutral, but this did not happen.

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“I’ve counted 144 instances of gender exclusive language,” said town councilor Abigail Kemble.

Councilors agreed to follow through on the 2006 goal.

“I don’t want to see $10,000 spent to revise the charter,” said Chairman Jack Kareckas, “but I would like us to move forward with gender neutral language from here on.”

 



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