20 Oct 2012
This is how the Selectmen posted their meeting for a Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the Town’s website. Note that no topic of discussion is provided. Double click image below to enlarge.
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Board of Selectmen
Town of Cohasset
October 19, 2012
The Board of Selectmen would like to clarify a few things regarding the status of our Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski. Michael is currently working under a March 2012 contract naming him as Acting Town Manager through June 30, 2013. Per his contract as Acting Town Manager, he has the responsibilities and authority of the Town Manager provided through the Town Manager Act.
In September, after a very favorable review of his performance on a number of goals and objectives noted in his contract, the Board entered into executive session and voted to come to terms on a contract with Milanoski through June 30, 2015. We did this based on advice from counsel and the belief that ‘acting’ positions can and often do last for multiple years. We recognize the need to improve upon the current contract and Chairman Paul Carlson and Lee Jenkins are working with counsel on this matter. We do not yet have a negotiated contract extension with Michael Milanoski.
Michael is performing the duties of his job with great skill. We believe that in the past seven months, we have made progress in our financial management that has eluded us in the past and many old issues are being tackled while new initiatives are being discussed. One of the Board’s primary concerns is the careful and productive management of our town employees, including Michael, who are working extremely hard and with a great sense of duty to the Town of Cohasset. In order for the Town to continue its positive momentum, it is critical that all decisions–particularly those involving personnel–are made with the utmost care and for that reason the wheels can be slow.
Please know that the Board is mindful of our responsibilities as a Board, the parameters and legal interpretations of the Town Manager Act, the Town bylaws and our authority, as well as the many perspectives. We are committed to setting the tone and fostering an environment of cooperation among all town employees, citizen volunteers and residents and expect nothing less than that from all those engaged in the management of the town.
The Board of Selectmen approved the release of this statement on October 19, 2012 by a vote of 5 – 0.
Tinytown Unleashed attended the session at 5, but the meeting was brief. Vice Chair Diane Kennedy had written the press release and the board approved it 5-0 with some minor corrections. Selectmen do not meet next week and it is thought the board wanted to explain what it is doing with regard to the acting town manager and his contract before the Governance Committee holds its public hearing on the Town Manager’s /act on Monday, Oct. 29th, , the day before the Selectmen’s Oct. 30 meeting.