Monday, January 9, 2012
Another sunny day, a Board of Selectmen meeting and a magic show.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
After a thorough discussion the Burlington Board of Selectmen chose the Edward J. Collins Jr. Center for Public Management.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen interviewed representatives of the two finalist municipal search companies and made a decision following some lengthy discussion to hire a company to assist in the town's new town administrator search. The board voted to hire the Edwards J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management, a public entity based at UMass Boston. The other finalist was the Municipal Resources Inc. of Meredith, NH. The Edwards J. Collins bid was for $14,500 and the Municipal Resources Inc. bid was $12,400, according to Joanne Faust, Burlington's Director of Human Resources. The board had previously allotted $20,000 to hire a company to help with the search. Price alone was not the determining factor for which company to hire. The …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Town of Burlington is looking for three residents who do not work for the town and have never held political office to help find the next Burlington Town Administrator.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen furthered the ongoing process to find a new Town Administrator during the meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. The search began following current Town Administrator Robert Mercier's announcement last October that he will retire at the end of May of next year. To find a qualified replacement, the board has set up a series of search measures. The first is that the town will hire a professional search company to help vet candidates. The second, discussed at length during this meeting, is to create a committee of residents to help in coming up with desirable requirements, interviewing potential candidates and making recommendations for the board's final consideration. Mercier said he believes inviting members of the …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Slight chance of showers, a Selectmen meeting and a teen meeting at the library.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The Burlington Board of Selectmen held a special meeting last night to discuss how to go about replace Town Administrator Robert Mercer.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen met last night to discuss the procedure of replacing Town Administrator Robert Mercier, who last month announced his retirment. Mercier said his retirement will go into effect at the end of May, 2012. During the meeting the board discussed how to handle the search and vetting process, the requirements members would like to set for candidates and set a general timeline of the process. The first thing up for discussion was how to conduct the search process and who would handle the initial vetting and interviews of candidates. The four proposed methods, worked out in advance with Burlington's Human Resource Director Joanne Faust, were to 1) a local screening committee of 7-9 members, 2) using an outside …
Monday, November 7, 2011
A warmer day, a special Board of Selectmen meeting and an Education Foundation planning meeting.
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Friday, October 21, 2011
The vote was taken during the meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen approved three candidates at the recommendation of Fire Department Chief Steven Yetman for the department's Permanent Intermittent list during the meeting on Monday, Oct. 17. Being placed on the list allows the men to attend Fire Academy training and then be in line to fill vacancies in the department when necessary. Yetman said the fire department currently has one vacancy that needs to be filled and it is known that there will be a retirement of one firefighter this November and another next February. "With pending retirements we anticipate vacancies in the near future," Yetman said in a letter to the board. "In order to avoid extended periods of short staffing and to expedite the selection process …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mercier to retire after over 30 years of public service.
There were visible emotions at the Burlington Board of Selectmen's meeting last night as long-term Town Administrator Robert Mercier announced his retirement. Mercier said he would officially retire in May of next year, after the passing of the FY2013 annual budget. Mercier became Burlington's first Town Administrator in 1980 and held the position until 1986. From 1986 to 1998, Mercier held other positions outside of town; doings stints as the Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO with offices in Woburn and as the town administrator for Billerica in Boxford, before returning to Burlington. "It is with a deep sense of personal satisfaction and thoughtful reflection as well as professional gratitude to the Board, my Department Managers, our …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The board had a brief discussion on its FY 2011-12 goals during the meeting Monday night.
The meeting of the Burlington Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 3 was short and too the point, but the members did update the town on the goals set by the board for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year. Chairman Walter Zenkin explained that the goals were developed over two meetings with board members and Town Administrator Robert Mercier and Assistant Town Administrator Thomas Hickey. "We came up with these five goals for the upcoming goals and after much discussion and debate we are pleased with the results," Zenking said. The board took no action on Monday on any of the points listed in the goals. Instead, Zenkin presented them to the community, explaining that the particular points will be addressed when appropriate in the upcoming year. The goals…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Board voted to postpone for one year putting a piece of town-owned land on Middlesex Turnpike up for sale.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen discussed the option of selling a piece of land owned by the town during the Sept. 12 meeting, but opted to wait for market conditions to change in an attempt to maximize profit. The 35,240 square-foot property under consideration is located at 306 Middlesex Turnpike. Town Treasurer and Collector Brian Curtin, who would handle any sale of the property, explained that the town came by the parcel after the previous owner passed away and the 15 heirs who took possession failed to pay property taxes. Curtin said the heirs defaulted on the taxes in 1975 but it took the town over 20 years to go through the land court to obtain ownership. “The town now owns the property and we have the right to retain or sell,” …