Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 24, 2013

Selectmen, manager establish goals

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Two additional smaller goals, require him to provide routine updates on his progress both in the goals and in two construction projects in town.

Here are the goals and specifics on what must be delivered:

GOAL 1: Development of an OPEB Funding Plan to reduce long-term liabilities

Deliverables: Establish set of policies with input from staff; educate Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Finance Committee; include an annual contribution to fund from operating budget; research appropriate investment vehicle for fund by June 30.

What it means: This goal addresses the as-yet unfunded liabilities brought to the town by other post employment benefits, including costs like health care for retired town employees. The liability has been said to be as high as $300 million based on the current number of employees and how much they’re expected to cost the town in the end. Town boards and committees have been discussing the topic for some time, and one popular plan is to contribute to a fund annually to reduce the town’s liability while addressing it with future retirees to reduce future costs.

GOAL 2: Create a plan to solve the renovation or relocation of Town Yard

Deliverables: Settle on possible zoning plan for existing site by April 2013; issue a request for land buying proposals by Dec. 2012; put a land acquisition article to relocate the site or develop a plan to rebuild at its current home by fall of 2013.

What it means: In the town’s ongoing quest to rebuild or replace its Town Yard facility on Lewis Street, Stapczynski must have a plan in place by this fall to either buy land for relocating the facility or rebuild it at its current home. Along the way, a request for proposal must be put to the street (which has taken place) and zoning must be brought to Town Meeting in April, which is currently in the works.

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