Saturday morning, the town of Duxbury held an 8-hour long annual town meeting, covering only half of the 48 article warrant.
One of the most contested articles was whether or not to create a new position of facilities manager. The full time job would entail short and long-term planning of $200 million worth of town owned property.
Though the vote didn’t include actually funding the position, Duxbury residents felt uncomfortable approving the article without a number attached.
“This is an issue of funding. It’s irresponsible. I urge everyone to vote no,” said one Duxbury resident.
However, Finance Director John Madden explained the issue of salary and expenses will come back to voters in next year’s fiscal 2014 budget. As for now, individual departments will continue dealing with maintenance problems, “Basically it gives us the okay to move forward and begin to consolidate yet another process that is currently being done by people that are probably not as qualified as you’d like them to be.”
The facilities manager position was approved, 166 to 49.
Another similiar vote involved accepting Mass General Law Chapter 71 Section 37M which allows consolidation of town and school functions. School Committee Chair Gary Magnuson explained he favors joining forces with the town to create efficiency as long as the quality of school services doesn’t get lost in the mix, “Payroll processing, IT services, and others; it seems to make sense. We need to make sure, the School Committee and administration, we need to be involved in the process.”
Duxbury residents voted in favor of consolidating services.
The annual town meeting continues Monday at 7:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center.