Wed, Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM
The Select Board, with the assistance of Town Administrator Sara
Tully, devised a plan to separate the salaries among three
employees of the town office - clerk, treasurer and
bookkeeper/office manager. State Auditor Tom Salmon has urged towns
to separate the clerk and treasurer positions after the recent
surge in criminal activity among treasurers statewide.
Mendon position of clerk/treasurer has now been separated. Jeff
Bradley will remain the treasurer for the next year and Gail Buck
(a write-in candidate) was elected town clerk with 158 votes,
compared to contenders Susan Adams, 52 votes and Stephen Cosgrove.
The town will provided a base wage or stipend for the town clerk
and the town treasurer, reflecting a minimum workload. New salaries
have been set for office staff. Town employees will get additional
compensation for additional work done, as requested by the
Selectboard. A similar arrangement was devised for the road
commissioner and constable.
Also approved was Tropical Storm Irene reserve fund for the town to
use to pay off Irene expenses of about $1.5 million and collect
reimbursements from state and federal governments. The town town is
currently working to complete 21 projects.
Voters approved the school budget of $2,265,979 - a decrease of
$70,926 from the current $2,336,905 budget. The town also approved
the administrative, infrastructure and public safety budgets.
The total tax rate for Mendon homeowners, education and municipal,
is $1.61, up 5 cents for the past year.