Kingston: Report finds town government lacking

Kingston’s Town Government Study Committee released its report to Selectmen Tuesday night, which deemed the town government lacking in several respects. The committee will present its report to Kingston Town Meeting April 9th.

Kingston’s Town Government Study Committee met 52 times in two years. Its members interviewed town boards, elected officials and employees, and it studied operations in other towns. It tested Kingston government on communication, cooperation, coordination and resource availability.

It found many things lacking: a lack of communication structure, a lack of coordination with the Town Administrator, a lack of participation in Town meeting and elections,  a lack of minimum skills for positions, a lack of resource sharing, and a lack of town building maintenance and lack of centralized financial management, among other shortcomings. Its first and final report, at 167-pages, contains 38 recommendations, including the establishment of a committee to implement the changes.

“They were given a very serious charge by this board and they exceeded the charge of the Board of Selectmen and they should be commended,” Chairman of Selectmen Dick Arruda said.

Among its 38 recommendations -  improved communication through regular meetings of department heads and consolidation of financial operations in an appointed, professional finance director.

The committee will present its report to the Kingston Annual Town Meeting April 9th. It’s available on the town’s website, in the library, the Selectmen’s office and the clerk’s office.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.