By John Anderson
At last night’s Selectmen’s Meeting, the Board voted on three goals for Town Manager Julie Jacobson. While all are listed as attainable in the next year, two are really long term and ongoing.
The first goal suggested by Selectman Ken Holstrom was to have a regular report for the Board on facilities projects. This fit somewhat with a texted concern by Steve Simonian about project updates in general.
The second was the continuation of the Town Bylaws review with the intent of getting a finished document in front of Town Meeting for approval. The third, proposed by Jacobson, was the continued improvement of the town’s written financial policies.
Jacobson said any amendments to the policies would be presented to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen for approval. She will be working with the town’s financial advisors as well as taking advice from the recent bond issuing experience.
Areas of interest include debt management, OPEB (other post employment benefits) and free cash. While the town is in a great financial position, Jacobson said there is always room for improvement.
Selectmen voted on three goals of their own: The review and update of license applications; Enhancing access to the Board including potential office hours, using the town’s newsletter, and better information on meetings; and lastly, Continuing to work on the Board’s policies with an emphasis on ethical and code of conduct concerns.
Jacobson reminded the Board that her administration also has a list of goals, as do all the department heads. One of the major projects is to evaluate the eleven collective bargaining agreements that currently exist.
In other business, the Board voted to send the 38 Article Town Meeting Warrant to legal counsel for review.