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Debt Exclusion for Treatment Plant to be Placed on Ballot

by Bobby Blair
April 3, 2018

Mark Harvey, accompanied by his lawyer Peter Barbieri, went home with a glass half full Monday night. Harvey did have his Class II License to sell vehicles approved for his new location at 161 Kuniholm Drive in the New Englander Industrial Park off of Concord Street, but the number of vehicles will be limited to 18 instead of the 29 Harvey had requested. Selectmen will ask for a clarification by Building Inspector Peter Tartakoff when he made recommendations regarding the application by Harvey. All vehicles sold by Harvey will be housed inside.

Selectmen Monday night approved a recommended 2.5% pay increase for all non-union town employees. In a 2-1 vote, Kevin Conley and Mark Ahronian approved the measure, while Jay Marsden voted no. The discussion turned to a merit based compensation plan, but a policy to enact the plan is not yet in place. Selectmen were all agreeable to such a plan, but the merit based stipends may not be ready for another year.

The board approved a ballot question to be placed on next month's annual election ballot. Voters will be asked to vote on a debt exclusion question for monies for a treatment plant for well #5.

Selectmen spent several hours interviewing candidates for the position of police lieutenant. The position was vacated last year by David Gatchell. Ken Belson has been an officer of the local department for 11 years and holds a bachelors degree. Belson has been the department's Crime Prevention Officer, Taser Instructor and has a background in martial arts.  George Leurini holds a masters degree and told the board his best strength is communicating. With over 2,300 arrests, Leurini said you have to know how to communicate in all types of situations. Leurini has been with the local department for 15 years with 22 years of police experience. Chad Thompson has been with the department for 17 years and said his best attribute is adaptability. Thompson holds a B.S. degree and feels he'd like to bring back enforcement of commercial vehicles traveling through town. Matt Waugh holds a masters degree and is familiar with the police budget process. Waugh has served as the departments Elder Affairs Officer, Safety Officer and Medical Affairs Officer. All candidates hold the rank of Sergeant with the local department. Selectmen will announce their choice for the slot at next week's meeting.

 

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Comments (3)

@Frank - 2.5% doesn't seem excessive to me. Town employees have to eat, pay for heat and rent, just like the rest of us. Of course, we could, as a town, cheap out and give them a smaller (or no) raise, then they might decide to work elsewhere, and those potholes might not get filled (or whatever).

- Peter Simpson | 4/6/18 8:16 AM

Glad that the non-union staff people are being treated more fairly. There are fewer than 100 non-union employees out of the total number of employees in the town and the unions always manage to negotiate a higher rate than non-union staff who have no real process in which to negotiate. Parity is important between union and non...otherwise I suggest non-union employees create their own union. Thank you Mark and Kevin.

- Mary Greendale | 4/4/18 8:00 PM

2.5% for all non union employees wow this town really takes care of there help.. ohh wait. Always seems like Conley and ahronian vote yes when it comes to raises for non union people

- Frank mahon | 4/3/18 6:42 PM

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