Selectmen's Update: April 13, 2021
Happy Town Elections Day all!
The Selectmen discussed employee matters during their work session.
Two members of the public joined the Board’s regular meeting. The Board acknowledged Leo Dwyer’s outstanding service as Selectman. Department Heads, Selectmen, and members of the public echoed this appreciation. We will certainly miss Selectman Dwyer’s data-driven perspective and problem solving wisdom. We look forward to welcoming the new Selectman after election results are in!
Acting Road Agent Ty Bryant reminded the Board that the Town road weight restrictions have been lifted. The Highway Department will be transitioning to their summer schedule (Monday through Thursday) and Ty can be reached by calling the Highway Shed at 284-6950.
Police Chief Shawn Varney is preparing for a busy summer. As a reminder, please obtain your 2021-2022 facility use stickers no later than April 30, 2021. Stickers may be purchased through the Selectmen’s Office via mail or in person if you call from the Town Hall parking lot.
The Town has received updated preliminary estimates for direct local government assistance through the recently passed American Rescue Plan; details regarding fund eligibility are still being determined, though Sandwich is estimated to receive nearly $134,000 in funds.
The Board acknowledged receipt of a Discretionary Preservation Easement application for 46 Palmer Hill Road. Two Discretionary Preservation Easement public hearings – for 156 Middle Road and 46 Palmer Hill Road – will take place via Zoom on Monday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively.
Please note, all applications for property tax credit and exemptions are due to the Selectmen’s Office no later than 5:30 P.M. on April 15th (Thursday). Also, organizations requesting tax exemption must file a BTLA form A-9 by April 15th. For questions, please contact the Selectmen’s Office at 284-7701.
As a reminder, Town Board and Committee meetings will now utilize the Town Calendar function when scheduling Zoom meetings. Zoom meeting links will be available under event details; event details will be populated on a rolling basis and prior to the posting of meeting agendas.
The Board also acknowledged receipt of a contract proposal for the proposed Geographic Information System (GIS) as referenced in the Town Warrant; if approved at Town Meeting, the Town will implement a GIS system over a three-year period.
A GIS system analyzes and displays geographically referenced information linking topographic, demographic, image based, and other data. GIS systems serve multiple benefits to taxpayers, committee members, assessors, and Town staff alike. Most importantly, a GIS system would give taxpayers access to a wealth of information that lives within Selectmen’s paper files, but in a more versatile format.
We look forward to seeing you today for elections and Saturday, May 1st at 10 A.M. the Sandwich Fairgrounds for Town Meeting. As always, our meetings are open to the public and held weekly on Monday nights.
Board of Selectmen