March 23 Select Board Update: Moving Forward with Town Administrator Search, East Milton Deck Update, and More
Town Administrator search screening process
The Select Board is in support of moving forward with the Collins Center in their search for the next Town Administrator. The 9 member search and screening committee is now in place, and Town Council, Kevin Freytag, will work on the contract with the Collins Center in order to move forward.
Discussion/update FY23 Budget financial summary
The proposed FY23 budget is currently 3.3% higher than FY22. Interim Town Administrator, Annemarie Fagan, discussed some of the projected capital projects, such as School Department one time priority needs, Animal Shelter, Council on Aging, Fire Department, Library, Police, and Information technology. The Finance Department is looking into ARPA funding for the schools. The Select Board is in support of moving the projects forward.
Update: East Milton Deck
The work completion date has moved back to October 2022. Upcoming lane closures on I-93 northbound and southbound will occur to support the East Milton Square bridge deck repair. Closures are to take place overnight, Sunday through Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting on April 3. These lane closures are expected to occur for about one month.
Annual Town Meeting 5-2-22
Some discussion was had regarding available dates for use of the high school auditorium, and if it would be better to hold the meeting at the middle school vs high school. Being that the meeting is set to take place in person, a larger venue might be best as to accommodate social distancing and possible large attendance due to being open to the general public.
Additional items of discussion
A caller during Public Comment requested that the Ukrainian flag be flown in town to show support for Ukraine. The Select Board is in support of this, and will look into the proper flag protocols in town and how to make this possible.
The Lower Neponset River has been added to the official Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Being added to this list is the best way to ensure cleanup and public health protection for the Lower Neponset River and surrounding communities. You can read more here: EPA Determines Lower Neponset River is a Superfund Site | US EPA
The next meetings are scheduled to take place on April 6 and 13.