Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 17, 2009

Solving a budget puzzle: Emergency funds for schools, no leaf pickup among proposals


Reduce overtime by reassigning personnel and training; 1.5 FTE patrolmen vacancies, and 1 military deployment

Fire/Rescue - $90,000

Reduce overtime by flexible assignment of ladder-aide position; 3 FTE firefighter vacancies, and 2 potential retirements in January

General Government - $58,000

Reduce overtime; Expense reductions in Legal Services, Medicare, and other office expenses.

Community Development - $27,000

Reduction in sanitary inspection services; 0.4 FTE sanitarian vacancy.

Public Works - $83,000

Eliminate leaf collection; Street light reduction; reduce solid waste tonnage; expense reductions; union concessions

Plant & Facilities - $69,000

Bald Hill Compost Site revenue; custodial service reorganization (reassigning custodians from buildings with shortened hours); expense reductions; union concessions.

Library - $41,000

Reorganization; Expense reductions; 1 librarian vacancy (Beth Mazin was promoted to director, replacing Jim Sutton; her previous job as assistant director has not been refilled).

Other - $16,000

Various expenses transferred to revolving funds.

TOTAL: $496,000

Note: FTE = full time equivalent. Most of the existing and anticipated vacant positions above will be held open through the remainder of FY10.w

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