Selectmen's Update: January 5, 2021
The Board kicked off the first meeting of the year welcoming the Town’s new Part-Time Police Officer, Stephen Kessler, who appreciates the opportunity to return to service to Sandwich.
The Board discussed a revised draft of the Noise Ordinance with Police Chief Varney in response to feedback from Town Counsel. The Board hopes to have a final draft ready after next week’s meeting to share on the website for public consideration before a public hearing in February.
The Board also continued discussions about the future of the Police Department building. The Budget Advisory Committee gathered last night to focus on finalizing the 2021 capital budget, which includes determining an appropriate capital reserve deposit to help fund future building expenses.
The Board also reviewed other capital items in the context of long-term planning having to do with vehicle and equipment replacement, building needs, road/bridge replacement and repair in preparation for the Budget Advisory Committee meeting.
The Board continues to consider updates to the Town’s Employee Handbook with the benefit of resident expertise; the Board is reviewing the Handbook as part of larger HR discussions. In the coming weeks the Board will work to revise the Handbook with the goal of ensuring consistency, clarity, language that reflects the Town’s core values, and policies that are up to date with current standards and practices.
Jim Mykland, the Town Moderator, joined the Selectmen’s regular meeting to discuss 2021 Town Meeting plans. Due to Sandwich Central School’s closure to the public, the Board is exploring using the larger Interlakes School Auditorium as an alternative venue to hold Town Meeting in March with appropriate space for physical distancing.
The Board discussed correspondence from various residents over the last week – as always, please feel free to share your comments or questions with the Board via the Selectmen’s Office. The Board reviews correspondence weekly and appreciates the public’s feedback.
The Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Buzzell Ridge Road that ensures future maintenance on the road as a condition for the Selectmen’s warrant article for 2021 Town Meeting.
Lastly, the Board authorized carryover appropriations for 2021 including funds to complete the update of the Town’s Emergency Operations Plan and funds for Basket Street Bridge replacement. As year-end tasks wrap up, the Board and Selectmen’s Office will be busy in the next few weeks finalizing budget preparations, preparing for the annual town audit, preparing the Town Annual Report, and completing other items for Town Meeting in 2021.
Selectman Dwyer will not be renewing his term on the Selectboard which expires in March, leaving a vacant seat for 2021. For those interested in learning more about the responsibilities of a Selectman or for others interested in serving on any town committees please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Selectmen’s Office. We are grateful for the efforts of our many volunteers that help keep this town running!
Tomorrow, the Selectmen will be posting job notices for the Deputy Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Administrative Assistant positions. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on January 21st. Application materials will be available at the Selectmen’s Office or on the website.
Board of Selectmen
P.S. – As a reminder, facility stickers are not yet available. However, the Selectmen’s Office is accepting sticker requests and related documents. The Selectmen’s Office is prepared to process requests as soon as they are available in mid-January. Existing stickers will be valid until April 30, 2021.