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meet so many true professionals: in Town Hall, in the Schools, Fire, Police, and the Library, actually in almost all of the various departments.

Working closely with staff and volunteers alike, I worked on projects as diverse as the Burgess Elementary School Building project, the renovations to the Town Hall/Center Office Building, renovations to the Waste Water Treatment Facility, Well #4 (a new water source), the Route 131 water line, went through the bid process for the Technology Park water line and began studies on new treatment options for Well #1. Put together the warrant and ballot questions for the Special Town Meeting in the fall and the bids for two new fire trucks and a designer for the recreational fields. As I said earlier of my time here, they were busy months, very interesting and challenging months that kept Sturbridge moving into the second decade of the 21st century.

Next year there will be a new person sitting at this keyboard to write this report; they will be able to point to numerous accomplishments (hopefully!) and provide you, the reader, with some of the highlights of what exactly went on in this office under their watch. Major changes are on the horizon for 2010, and it might very well be the best year ever! For 2009, though, I just took the opportunity to say “hello” and let you know that I am glad to have had the chance to serve in such a vibrant community, to have kept the ship off the rocks while the best candidate was recruited for the future.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael J. Racicot Town Administrator


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