John Johnson Remembered

Selectmen Meet September 18th

by Bobby Blair
September 19, 2017

Selectmen Monday night heard a request from Town Accountant Sharon Emerick & Treasurer/Collector Mary Bousquet for an increase in a part time worker's hours. The assistant clerk currently works 18 hours. The requested increase was for 28 hours. The request was made in part by an increased work load due to the Affordable Care Act. Anything over 20 hours would trigger the employee being eligible for increased benefits including health insurance. It was suggested that another part time employee could be hired to help out with any backlog, but Emerick said she would like to keep the valued employee to be cross trained for use by the accountant's and treasurer's offices. Town Admistrator Jeff Ritter made his thoughts known by saying that he personally felt the clerks hours should be increased. A compromise was made with the board voting two to one for an increase to 25 hours (Ahronian & Conley) in favor and Marsden voting against the motion. Town Administrator Jeff Ritter requested that the current assistant clerk's position in the selectmen's office be upgraded in grade and hours. While the hours were upgraded by the board from the present 25 hours a week to 30, the increase in grade were not as per present policy.

Above DPW Chief Sean Reese makes his requests for capital improvements. Reese is looking for 52K for a new truck, 75k for a water aeration system, $33,600 for cleaning of the town's water storage tanks, 78k for design monies for new pipes on Winter Street and 1.7m for water pipes on Cedar Street and a loop system in the Hanlon Road area. Police Lt. Craig Denman presented his department's requests which included a new live scan finger printing machine, and two new vehicles, a SUV and unmarked car totaling $94,800. Fire Chief Michael Cassidy made the sole request for 400k for a new rescue truck, the present truck is a converted soda delivery truck.

Brighton Health Advocates who had previously received a letter of non-opposition regarding their intent to house a marijuana growing facility at 201 Summer Street requested a new letter and address change to 390 Hopping Brook Road. Selectmen voted 3-0 in favor.

Selectmen, at the urging of tax collector Mary Bosquet, revisited the subject of stickers to gain entrance to the town's landfill. The stickers for town residents are currently free after residents show proof of residency at the treasurers office. While stickers for discard of large items at the landfill are not free, the stickers to gain entrance will remain free.

Selectmen made several appointments including Charles Dias as an on-call EMT, David Nickerson and Dan Sweeney will now serve on the Cable Access Committee and Mark Bush will serve as an associate member of the ZBA.

Town Administrator Jeff Ritter is requesting 30k on the special town meeting warrant for five new doors at town hall. Ritter noted that cost for the doors may be reimbursed by the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities.

The board voted in favor of a draft charge for a Capital Improvement Committee. The future committee would consist of seven members, one each from the board of selectmen, finance committee, school committee, planning board, treasurer's office, and two members at large. Selectman Jay Marsden stressed the need for flexibility for the new committee. In previous comments DPW Chief Sean Reese told selectmen that he was against the idea of dealing with yet another committee. Reese's sentiments were echoed by Fire Chief Cassidy.

 

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