Selectmen's Update: August 3, 2021Good afternoon all,
Road Agent Ty Bryant and Fire Chief Ted Call joined the Board’s work session last night to address multiple items of business. Ty joined the Fire Department’s 13-member roster and multiple other residents have recently expressed interest in serving the Town on our Fire Department. If you have any interest in joining this crew of enthusiastic, mission driven folks please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Fire Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our community is lucky to have the equipment and human power needed to provide this critical service!
In other business, the Board decided to further consider the Transfer Station Fee Schedule at a later date. The Board will evaluate trends in hauling costs and waste composition over the past few years to determine appropriate changes to fees, if necessary. A public hearing will be conducted prior to any changes to the Fee Schedule.
The Board has received multiple inquiries regarding the status of the Swap Shop; the Board will consider the reopening of the Swap Shop once traffic has slowed down at the Transfer Station. The Board is considering Town liability, traffic flow, and the need to monitor items within the Shop.
In their regular meeting, the Board reviewed the year-to-date budget, recognizing that we have passed the halfway point in the 2021 budget year. The Budget Advisory Committee has already held its first meeting as the Board is making a concerted effort to begin budget meetings early this year to ensure adequate time for thoughtfully planning capital and operating needs and analyzing long term trends. We are happy to report that 2021 revenues are currently higher than anticipated (motor vehicle permits, state-based revenues, etc.) and that attentive oversight has kept expenses in line with projections.
Based upon discussions at a recent Committee meeting, the Board voted to temporarily suspend the Town Hall Upstairs Remodeling Committee (THURC). Selectman Haight noted that citizens and performance arts groups are still evaluating, planning, and fundraising for any potential future changes to the upstairs of Town Hall.
Upon the suggestion of the Planning Board and Master Plan Energy Chapter Subcommittee, the Board voted to revive the Energy Committee. The Energy Committee will be charged with promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable resources for municipal, business and homes by the townspeople of Sandwich. The Committee will function as a subcommittee of the Planning Board.
The Board appointed alternate member Will Viner as a regular member of the Conservation Commission and thanked Jane Albert and Griff O’Brien for their efforts as members of the Conservation Commission.
The Board discussed follow up to several conversations with Town Counsel regarding pending legal cases and other procedural items for Town business. As previously mentioned, the Town owns three parcels of land (R2-31A, R3-40, R7-7A) and will begin the process of selling these parcels later this summer (via auction or sealed bid).
The Board signed several items – payroll and AP manifest, thank you letters for committee members, and a request for funds from the Marjorie Thompson Fund from the Sandwich Children’s Center.
The Board discussed Summer Town Meeting (August 9, 6:00 pm) and the Selectmen’s BBQ (August 15, 5-7 pm). Please join us at the BBQ to honor Cathy Graham with a Town-wide celebration she so richly deserves after 18 (!!) years of service. Please bring a side dish to share, desserts and dinner will be provided. We are planning on 150 dinners, served on a first come first served basis. A celebration will occur at 6 pm.
We look forward to seeing you around Town next week for Old Home Week festivities!
Board of Selectmen