At some point the Board of Selectmen should look at reducing the number of members on boards and commissions in town because it is increasingly difficult to fill empty seats, First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice told the Board of Selectmen May 23. \u201cEveryone seems to have trouble finding people to fill these boards. I think it is something we probably should look at in the fall,\u201d Vanderslice told the selectmen during their meeting at town hall. Specifically, Vanderslice pointed to two openings on the Wilton Library Association Board of Trustees, two openings on the Parks and Recreation Commission, one opening on the Wilton Water Pollution Control Authority, and an alternate position on the Historic District & Historic Property Commission. \u201cIs there a sense of a greater turnover,\u201d asked Selectman Dick Dubow. \u00a0\u201cIt seems we\u2019re seeing more vacancies.\u201d If there are more vacancies these days, it is a concern, Dubow said, because \u201cthere is a ramp-up period as new people join a board.\u201d There is a mix of reasons for the vacancies, Vanderslice told the selectmen. Attendance is an issue for some committees and there may be more two-income households with both partners working. \u201cMaybe we should ask people if they are available on a regular basis for meetings,\u201d Dubow said in reply to Vanderslice\u2019s statement. However, political party heads in Wilton do not share that opinion, that it is harder to find volunteers to fill vacancies on boards and commissions. Both Al Alper, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, and Deborah McFadden, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee, said following the meeting they don\u2019t see it that way. If there is a problem, it is because the Board of Selectmen took a proactive role in volunteer recruitment last year, and now participates in the interview process for finding new board members. The political parties used to handle that themselves and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, he said. \u201cIn their zeal to be open they have watered down the enthusiasm, and made the process more cumbersome,\u201d Alper said. He does not want to reduce the number of people on boards. \u201cMore voices are always better,\u201d Alper said. \u201cReducing the number in my opinion, you have a higher likelihood of an echo chamber. At first blush I am not in favor of it. I\u2019m in favor of reconstituting a vibrant volunteer base.\u201d He decried Vanderslice\u2019s observation that times have changed. \u201cMarkets haven\u2019t changed, the economy hasn\u2019t gotten worse. Two years ago we had a considerable number of volunteers. What changed is the way the town does business,\u201d Alper said. McFadden said the Democrats have no problem finding qualified names to submit. \u201cThere have been significant delays, where we submit a name and the Board of Selectmen hasn\u2019t acted on it for a period of time, and the person has already been interviewed, and it\u2019s still not filled.\u201d One candidate, she said, came to be processed three times. \u201cThey took months and months and she was eventually seated,\u201d McFadden said. Consolidation of boards would be a good idea, but not reducing the number of people on boards, McFadden said. Vanderslice said later, \u201cWhat I said is that we should look at the topic. The discussion centered around Dick Dubow's observation that it appeared we were experiencing an increase in the number of people leaving boards\/commissions prior to the end of their term. I said I would review the activity over the last number of years and provide the BOS with a factual accounting.\u201d People leave boards for a mix of reasons including moving out of town and increasing demands at work, Vanderslice said. An increase in the number of hours spent working and the number of dual-income households has made it more difficult for many to volunteer. \u201cSeveral of our boards have experienced times where they were unable to obtain a quorum and thus were forced to cancel a scheduled meeting. In the fall, when we have more facts, the BOS will study the issue,\u201d Vanderslice said.