REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 2009
Although the downturn in the economy has had impacts throughout the nation, state, and locally, Sturbridge has not seen the devastating results that have occurred in other communities. We have been able to maintain the same level of town services as in the past. This is due in part to the fact that we have been fiscally responsible with our budgets for the past several years and also because we benefit from a diversified tax base and significant revenue from the Hotel and Motel tax.
After nearly fourteen years of excellent service as Town Administrator, Jim Malloy accepted a position as Town Manager in Westborough. We thank him for all he has done for Sturbridge and wish him well in his new endeavor.
The Board of Selectmen hired Michael Racicot, former Town Administrator in Rockport, to be the Interim Town Administrator until a full time Town Administrator is hired. We thank Mike for his work in handling the day to day operation of the Town.
Lt. John Roderick retired after 30 years of dedicated service with the Fire Department.
Bev Poirier, our long time Assistant Assessor, retired this year. We thank her for her years of commitment to Sturbridge. Taking her position, with the new title of Principal Assessor, is William Mitchell. He brings his experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the position.
Also new to Town is Erik Wight who was appointed part time Building Inspector and Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Sturbridge has had many accomplishments this past year. Highlighting these are:
The Burgess Elementary School project - the Board of Selectmen approved the contract between the Town and Lamoureaux Pagano Associates for the Owners Project Manager. The Board also approved the contract with Drummey, Rosane and Anderson (DRA) for the Burgess Project Design work. At a Special Town Meeting and a debt exclusion vote, both in October, the townspeople overwhelmingly supported the funding for the school project. Ground breaking is expected in late August or early September of 2010.
The Board voted to support updating the Master Plan, the Accessory Dwelling Unit Zoning Bylaw, the provisions of Chapter 43D (expedited permitting) along with six sites approved by the Planning Board, and a change from the Sturbridge Area Tourist Association to the Sturbridge Tourist Association. All of these were passed at the Annual Town Meeting.
The Board awarded the bid for the renovation work on the Town Hall and Center Office building to Forish Construction and work began in early May. The project completion is expected to be in late July, 2010.