Board of Selectman lay out goals, objectives for fiscal year
By Robert Fucci
Sutton – During a meeting on July 27 in the Blackstone National Putnam Room, the Board of Selectmen met to discuss their goals and objectives for the upcoming fiscal year.
Town Administrator Jim Smith recapped the past fiscal year, mentioning Sutton Public Schools had a positive year financially and will be turning money back to the town. This was done without touching school choice funds.
New growth coming in was budgeted at $250,000, Smith said, but the Assessor’s office reported it will be upwards of $400,000.
The town recently was awarded a $121,000 grant that will allow the Senior Center to be insulated and weatherized, and replace its boiler. Smith said he would like that project, along with the Green Community LED street light project, to be completed and signed off with five months. Next March, he wants the town to apply for another grant to help replace the chiller at the learning center.
The following goals and objectives were discussed by the Board:
Beehive – Keep pressure on owner to keep outside appearance neat;
Continue to work on cell tower carrier at Whitter Farm;
New police station high priority – move process further along and find creative ways to fund it;
Renew town administrator contract (change from three- to five-year deal);
Adopt MGL 258-13 (indemnify municipal officials);
Shaw Farm Barn – auction off or reclaim material;
Require all streets (public and private) to have street signs;
Secure funding/grants to revitalize Unity Playground and Veterans Field;
Advanced resident notice when road work is scheduled;
Declare the Town of Sutton a Purple Heart community;
Continue to work on sewer and water to the center to include Town Hall and Beehive, and then to the school;
Continue to promote business growth on Route 146;
Explore alternative to sign board at Town Hall (digital so it can be updated from anywhere);
Continue improvements at Marion’s Camp – permanent easement will protect parkland forever.
The Board approved these minutes at its Aug. 2 meeting.