BOS WEEKLY UPDATE – January 17, 2019
Exploring Shared services with Essex: A public forum to formally kick-off a study of options for greater collaboration between Manchester and Essex is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 beginning at 7PM at the Essex Town Hall. An overview of the study will be presented. Staff and residents will be provided an opportunity to share ideas with the consultants who have been hired from UMass Boston’s Collin’s Center to help us with the exploration of ideas.
Board and Committee Training: We want to thank the more than 50 volunteers and staff who attended one of the training sessions offered last week which focused on best practices for committee work. Residents and staff spend significant time in meetings. Reviewing the proper procedures for committee work and discussing strategies for running effective meetings were part of the training that was provided by Neil Cohen, Director of the Regulatory and Compliance Division of the state’s Office of the Inspector General. Our goal is to provide the resources volunteers and staff need to be successful. We hope to make this an annual event.
Budget Development: Work continues on the review of the preliminary town and school budgets for FY2020 which will be voted on at the Annual Town Meeting in April. The Finance Committee and members of the Board of Selectmen meet on January 23 for an update on all budgets. The School District hosts a final public hearing on their proposed budget January 29. The deadline for citizen petition articles is January 30th. Additional details can be found on the Town and District web sites.
Managing your Trash! A new flyer providing the details of how to handle the proper disposal of your solid waste was mailed to all households. If you did not receive your copy or would like another one please contact the DPW Office. Instructions on recycling, new procedures for disposing of bulking items, holiday pick-up schedules for the new year and more is all provided in the flyer. We need your help in maintaining uncontaminated recyclable materials and request your adherence to the printed instructions!
Trash, Recycling, Compost: delayed one day due to Martin Luther King Holiday
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