Tuesday night, Scituate resident and father of a fallen soldier, Joe Kelley, proposed to selectmen the creation of a Veterans Advisory Board.
According to Kelley, Scituate ranks ‘dead last’ in the state for veteran benefit distribution. The board would promote outreach programs and inform veterans about available services.
He explained U.S soldiers need help transitioning back home, “Violent sex crimes and domestic violence have increased more than 30% since 2006 and child abuse 43%. So we need to move quick.”
Selectmen emphasized they support a veterans board and will vote on Kelley’s proposal in the upcoming weeks. Scituate has also recently joined with Hingham forming a Veterans Services District.
Joe Kelley’s son, Michael Kelley, was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2005.
In other news, Scituate’s snow and ice budget merely has a dent from winter’s few storms. DPW Director Al Bangert explained to selectmen Tuesday night that if Mother Nature continues to bring calm weather they may cancel their capital request for a $85,000 shed, “We’re going to build a bigger salt barn so we can take out a supply of salt before the winter starts. So if we get through this winter with some surplus money leftover in our salt budget then we’ll be able to buy that barn.”
According to Bangert, Scituate has spent 21% less on snow removal and supplies compared to this time last year.
However DPW’s personnel budget for fiscal year 2013 increased due to a new position of a facilities director to manage all town owned buildings.