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January 24, 2013

Selectmen, manager establish goals

The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski have settled on the town manager’s future goals — but they aren’t the types of goals the town has pursued during the past few years.

Recent annual goals laid out for Stapczynski have come batches of four or five at a time. Over the last few years, completing the goals was tied to the size of Stapczynski’s performance raise.

This year’s iteration of goals includes 10 tasks for Stapczynski. The goals, which includes 24 “deliverables” between them all, aren’t “as structured as it has been in the past,” said Selectmen Chairman Paul Salafia.

“In the last two years that I’ve been on the board, it was a math problem,” Salafia said. “We assigned a number to each one of the goals, and we added up each of the totals.”

This year, “it becomes more subjective,” he said. “We weren’t taking into consideration his management style and ability to lead people. When it’s a math problem, you don’t take into consideration those variables, and this year, we’ll be able to do that.”

To a certain extent though, the goals aren’t really “Stapczynski’s goals” as much as they have been in the past, according to Salafia.

“We listed the goals we thought were for the town,” he said.

Stapczynski said his role in town “is to produce a well-reasoned and well thought out (capital improvement plan) for the community, budgets for the community, those kinds of things.”

The goals “are laid on top of that,” he said. “These are multi-year, huge projects for us, and many of them need to be started now.”

The 10 goals tackle a variety of town objectives over the coming years. They include addressing the town’s unfunded post-employment benefits liability — meaning money that will be due retirees that the town currently does not have in hand — that reaches into the hundreds of millions of dollars, finalizing labor contracts by specific dates and consolidating the town’s Public Works and Plant and Facilities departments.

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