Selectmen Selections

December 2021-Edition 41

Introduction

This monthly newsletter highlights actions of the Board and its meetings to inform residents and employees of Town business.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

On October 5, 2021, the Shrewsbury Board of Health voted to approve the following Order: To require face coverings in all indoor private common spaces in the workplace and indoor private spaces open to the public.*


Due to the unprecedented amount of COVID-19 cases in the region and in order to ensure continuity of operations and meet service level expectations, effective Monday January 10, 2022, the Town Hall will be open to the public by appointment only.


Appointments can be made between the hours of 9:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 3:00pm on Monday through Friday. If you require an in-person appointment, please call the office in which you are seeking an appointment for. A staff directory can be found HERE. If you are unsure which department you need, please call the Town Manager's Office at 508-841-8508 and they will direct you. Please be advised staff are working at Town Hall on alternating weekly schedules and appointments will vary depending on the availably of employees.


Residents are strongly encouraged to pay by check and utilize the black “Town Bills and Correspondence” drop box located in front of Town Hall for tax and water/sewer payments. As always, bills can also be mailed to our lockbox at P.O. Box 725, Reading, MA 01867, or paid online. The Town of Shrewsbury payment portal accepts credit card and ACH payments on all tax and water/sewer bills. To access the payment site, go to shrewsburyma.gov and select “Pay Online” or click here: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx


*Exemptions from the Mask Requirement: Those with medical and other eligible conditions.

Budget and Financial Updates: Town of Shrewsbury Financial Objectives

The Board of Selectmen approved the Fiscal Year 2023 Financial Objectives for the Town. The Financial Objectives can be found HERE.


Mr. Mizikar summarized the changes and updates to the Financial Objectives for Fiscal Year 2023. He noted that the items were kept in historic order and the order does not signify significance or importance. The most substantial changes are from the retirement and pension being fully funded. There were also updated to reflect COVID-19 impacts. He noted that they made sure there was alignment between the budget and the strategic goals set by the Board of Selectmen.


Mr. DePalo noted that meeting the override commitment is the overarching goal in the objectives and remind people it may look like the Town has a lot of money, but it is money put in the bank to sustain Town operations. The Town needs to make sure they look at the long term goals and be disciplined in managing money. The goal is long term financial stability.


Ms. Casavant noted she agrees with Mr. DePalo and that it is worth mentioning how different this budget cycle will be versus last year and the Town is in such a better place because of the community trusting in the Board of Selectmen and School Committee.


Mr. Samia noted it is important to see where and what the priorities are as a community and where the community wants the Town/Board of Selectmen to go through the strategic planning process.

December 2021 Board of Selectmen Meeting Highlights

Beal School Reuse Public Hearing - December 7, 2021
Board of Selectmen - December 14, 2021
Board of Selectmen - December 21, 2021

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

Board of Selectmen Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 25th, 7pm

100 Maple Avenue

Shrewsbury, MA

Selectmen's Meeting Room

About Us

The Board of Selectmen acts as the Town's Chief Executive Body responsible for the community's general welfare following guidelines set forth in Operational Policies for the Board of Selectmen. Specific powers and responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen are set forth in Chapter 559 of the Acts of 1953 which is better known as the Town Manager Act and the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.