Topics: Board of Selectmen News

HARWICH — The town administrator search committee submitted four names to selectmen Monday night as finalists for the town administrator position. Among those candidates is acting town administrator Joseph Powers, who has served as the interim town administrator since November. The other candidates are Kenneth Gray, who served as mayor of Amesbury for six years and has 20 years of experience in the private sec...

Chatham Selectmen Oust Zoning Board Chair

By: Tim Wood

Hessler Claims Retaliation Over Criticism, Senior Center Support CHATHAM – The former chairman of the zoning board of appeals is accusing the board of selectmen of not reappointing him in retaliation for his leadership of the effort to build a new senior center on Stepping Stones Road and his criticism of the selectmen's leadership. Robert Hessler, who served on the zoning board for a decade, was not reappo...

CHATHAM — At least on a trial basis, there are likely to be food trucks in a few locations in Chatham this summer. Working on a model regulation from Needham, selectmen are drafting a policy to allow mobile food vendors to operate with minimal impact on traditional restaurants, likely as part of a one-year pilot program. Chatham lacks a mechanism for specifically regulating mobile food vendors, and selectmen a...

Administrator Search Companies Make Their Pitch

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen will soon be putting together a request for proposal for town administrator search companies to assist the committee they have put together to screen candidates to fill the town's chief executive position. On Monday night the board heard presentations from Groux-White Consulting, LLC and Community Paradigm Associates. The board was looking for some foresight into the services companies prov...

Selectmen To Form Search Committee For New Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen Monday agreed to create a town administrator search committee by early January, but the board will continue to weigh whether to retain a search consultant to assist in the process. Town Administrator Christopher Clark went on an extended leave of absence after working out an agreement with selectmen which includes Clark not seeking a new contract with the town. His leave of absence expires ...

Clark: Time To Take Care Of Family

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There has certainly been acrimony between some members of the board of selectmen and Town Administrator Christopher Clark over his nearly six-year tenure, and it has intensified over the past several months. Clark announced last week he will not seek reappointment as town administrator when his term expires at the end of June. He reached an agreement with selectmen and will be leaving his position wi...

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night issued a contract to Community Development Corporation to provide housing coordinator services to the affordable housing trust for a second year. But there was debate over who should issue the contract, the town's affordable housing trust or selectmen. Selectman Donald Howell, who also serves on the trust, declared it should be the selectmen’s decision, not the trust’s, to i...

Robinson Leaves Town Hall After 19 Years

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Sandy Robinson remembers well the day she was offered the job working in the administration/selectmen’s office in town hall 19 years ago. “Assistant town administrator Juell Buckwold called to offer me the job and I said my first grandchild is about to be born any minute,” Robinson responded. “Now she’s in her second year in college. It’s like a lifetime in the blink of an eye.” But, the executive...

CHATHAM — In response to what they say are problems with the whole group, not any individual member, selectmen Monday voted to abolish the embattled charter review committee. The 4-1 vote included the revocation of all committee members’ appointments. The board of selectmen stopped short of considering a measure to appoint itself as the new charter review committee. “The issues that are at hand with this ...

ORLEANS — The selectmen and town administrator are working on including a wide-ranging discussion about rules for dogs and their owners on the agenda for their July 17 meeting. “We had agreed to get into this after [last year's] dangerous dog hearings,” Selectman Mefford Runyon said at the board's July 3 meeting. “We were talking about soup to nuts, regulations, enforcement.” Earlier, he observed, “Everybody...

CHATHAM — Saying it cannot ignore “dysfunction” on the charter review committee or the complaint lodged against one of its members, selectmen will be putting that group under the magnifying glass. Board members Monday resolved to take up discussion on both the complaint lodged against charter committee member Seth Taylor and on the ability of the committee as a whole to carry out its charge. The concerns ...

A Reconfiguration Of Administrative Offices In Town Hall

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Some offices in town hall will be reconfigured in the next week, Town Administrator Christopher Clark has informed the board of selectmen. The change will better utilize the largest room in the selectmen/administration offices, he said. “It’s about how we get greater use of space in the building,” Clark told The Chronicle this week. Under the reconfiguration plan, Clark said Assistant Town Adminis...

Chatham Town Manager Goldsmith Gets Gold Star

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Town Manager Jill Goldsmith’s job performance is good and getting better. That’s the word from the board of selectmen, which issued her annual evaluation this week. Board members rated Goldsmith on a four-point scale in each of six broad categories, giving her a composite score of 3.89, up from last year’s score of 3.64. The ranking “indicates strong collective praise from the selectmen for her ong...

Owners Appeal Harwich Board's Order To Euthanize Dogs

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH —The owners of two dogs which the board of selectmen ordered to be euthanized have appealed the decision in Second District Court in Orleans. The dogs, both one-year old American Staffordshire terriers owned by Melissa Sullivan and her daughter, Mary Spurrier, of Wendy's Way, were determined to be “dangerous” based on testimony provided to Town Administrator Christopher Clark in a public hearing on Mar...

Powers New Nominee For Assistant Town Administrator

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Town Administrator Christopher Clark said this week he is withdrawing the assistant town administrator candidate he put forward last week to selectmen because he did not think he had the votes from the board to confirm the candidate. Clark put forward David D. Flaherty, a Harwich resident and acting town administrator in the town of Raynham, as his choice to fill the position vacated when former assi...