The newly constituted majority of the Cohasset Board of Selectmen is beginning to sit comfortably in their saddles. This was a classic meeting – complete with Comcast technical errors at 10:30 p.m.…. leaving home viewers (that includes me) on tenterhooks. Would the board vote for a hiring freeze, suggested by Selectman Karen Quigley, or would it not?
We missed the great discussion, but learned that this will be an upcoming agenda item. In past weeks several selectmen have discussed letting the hiring of a police chief, etc., wait for a permanent town manager.
On a 4-1 vote with Selectman Gaumer voting no and putting up a good fight, Selectmen voted to accept the $14,000 proposal of the UMass Collins Recruitment Center to assist them with a town manager search, subject to the availability of funds.
Acting town manager Mike Milanoski said funds would not be available for a search until July 2013, or maybe not even until fiscal year 2015. Advisory chair Peter Pescatore, sitting in the audience, nodded his head yes that a transfer of funds could be made for this search.
Early on in the meeting Selectman Martha Gjesteby asked to put the police chief search on the next agenda so she could vote against it. At the last meeting it passed 3-2 (with Select Chair Fred Koed and Selectman Karen Quigley voting no). Under Robert’s Rules only a person who voted affirmatively can ask to have it re-voted.
Selectman Martha Gjesteby said she was upset at the way the persons working at the Senior Center were recently laid off. She said another person working half time in two departments had lost their job.
Selectman Steve Gaumer said professional management should be permitted to make these decisions and selectmen should not get involved. “You cannot cut the legs out from our (acting) town manager.”
In related news, Selectmen and the Planning Board voted for the planning board’s associate member, Mike Dickey, to fill out the remaining one-year of the five-year term of Bill Hannon. Dickey will run for a new term in 2014.
Reappointments to the conservation commission were voted as follows: 5-0 votes for Colonel Ed Graham, 4-0 for Patrick Kennedy, his wife Diane Kennedy abstaining and 3-2 for Chair Jack Creighton. Quigley and Gjesteby voting no.
Governance got the two people it requested, Mary Jo Larson and Kevin McCarthy; several Selectmen were upset that no information about the candidates had been shared with them. Indeed, the chairman of the committee had little to share other than these two people were interested. In related news – Governance is 4 months plus behind in its minutes.
Select Chair Koed asked the committee to think about whether the committee should be sunset or continue on. “Where do we want this committee to go?” he asked his board.
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