Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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January 24, 2013

Selectmen, manager establish goals

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GOAL 3: implement a consolidation plan for the town’s DPW and P&F departments

Deliverables: Assemble budget to reflect consolidation for fiscal year 2014, which starts in July; have the departments consolidated by July 2013; recruit and select a municipal facilities director by May or June, 2013.

What it means: In recent years, the town has explored combining its Plant and Facilities department with the Department of Public Works. This goal puts that consolidation on a timetable, with the completion covered in next year’s budget and in effect starting in July.

GOAL 4: Develop an “In Lieu of Taxes” pilot program encouraging non-tax paying entities to provide services or donations to the town.

Deliverables: Sample similar pilot programs in other towns by April 2013.

What it means: With this, the town would reach out to non-profit entities in town that aren’t taxed, such as private schools and churches, and establish a relationship where they provide services to the town “in lieu of taxes.” “This may just serve to formalize the relationship and define the way they give back to the community,” Stapczynski said.

GOAL 5: Create a town and school agreement for efficient and effective use of buildings and facilities

Deliverables: Develop a memorandum of understanding to be used between town, school facility users and stakeholders by April 2013, and use one school building during February and April school vacation weeks.

What it means: Throughout the planning of the Cormier Youth Center, residents have asked how the building would be used by the community — not just the youth. Out of that discussion came the idea of using all town facilities, including schools, for other purposes. “Could a gym be open for the basketball camp, or a soccer camp or something like that?” Stapczynski said. The steps in this goal would begin that process.

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