Selectmen's Update: December 29, 2020
Good afternoon all,
The Board enjoyed a brief final Selectmen’s meeting of 2020, focusing on tying up loose ends as we approach the end of our fiscal year. In response to recent conversations around the state and funds received for COVID-19 related impacts, the Board discussed essential worker stipends for town employees. Given the current state of the Town budget, available state funds, and the commendable adaptation of our town employees during this pandemic, the Board unanimously agreed to grant stipends to town employees who have not already been awarded frontline worker stipends.
In other budget related discussions, the Board revisited the topic of the town’s Employee Health Insurance Policy and ways to ensure equitable employee contributions. The Board will continue considering the Policy as part of a more broad compensation and benefits review. The Board also reviewed updated potential capital purchases next year based upon recent department discussions. The Budget Advisory Committee will reconvene to finalize proposed capital expenditure lists on January 5th at 5:00 pm.
During the Selectmen’s Regular Meeting, Chief Varney provided final documentation for the Town’s newest addition to the Police Department. We are happy to welcome Stephen Kessler as a part-time specials officer; Mr. Kessler is a familiar face in Sandwich and started his career in town. Mr. Kessler now works full time with the Sherriff’s Department and will support Sandwich on an as-needed basis.
The Board revisited discussions about the classification of a structure on Vittum Hill Road. Selectman Haight conducted a site visit of the Vittum Hill property in addition to a nonconforming property on Wentworth Hill Road to determine appropriate next steps in ensuring compliance with the Town’s Zoning Ordinance.
The Board noted two job postings for Town employment will be available next week on the Town website and local newspapers including the Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector position and Administrative Assistant. The Selectmen’s Office will share links to application materials when available.
Town Counsel has begun reviewing the draft Noise Ordinance in anticipation of a February public hearing. A new draft will be shared once reviewed by the Selectmen for final consideration.
Lastly, the Town received notice that our facility sticker orders will be delayed by a week. However, the Selectmen’s Office is happy to receive sticker requests at any time and will respond to requests once stickers are available; if you have already submitted documentation, rest assured the Selectmen’s Office has likely received the request and is holding it until sticker arrival.
Town Hall will be closed Wednesday through Friday this week. The Transfer Station will be closed on Friday.
We certainly look forward to 2021 and hope you ring in the New Year safely; please be aware that right now the ice is thin on all water bodies in Town. We hope to assemble the North Sandwich skating rink as soon as weather allows. In the meantime, please keep your safety and our first responders’ safety in mind as you plan for winter activities!
Board of Selectmen