Carver Board of Selectmen will be working together in the next year and beyond that to accomplish a set of goals they recently established at a workshop facilitated by current Franklin Town Administrator Jeff Nutting.
Selectman Helen Marrone said establishing goals at the beginning of a cycle will be very helpful to the board.
“Jeff is absolutely correct that you need to have a to-do list with an end date,” Marrone said, “If we start doing that, that would be terrific.”
Selectman Dick Ward echoed Marrone’s comments on the benefits of creating a check-list.
“I think that you need to do something like this to direct yourself for the next year,” Ward said, “Putting down deadline dates…that forces you to be doing it by that time.”
The workshop took place Thursday night at the School Administration Building, where the Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael Milanoski, and Nutting worked together to establish goals and discuss their roles and responsibilities as Selectmen.
The four Selectmen at the workshop: Marrone, Ward, Sarah Hewins, and Jack Franey said they have never had a goal setting session in the past. “I think it went fabulous,” Marrone said.
Some of the collective goals determined include: revisiting the solar by-law, building a new Elementary School and Fire Station, improving public safety, creating a long-term financial budget, and implementing a code of conduct for the Selectmen.
Milanoski indicated that some of these goals are already in progress, such as the Elementary School and the Fire Station. Two new committees were just recently formed to keep these projects moving forward.
The Selectmen also agreed to discuss the potential code of conduct at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday night.
Ward said somehow, the board needs to learn to work together. “We’re realizing that it’s more important to come to a consensus to present things to the people out there,” he said, “We need to work together if we want the town to come together on the school. We aren’t going to be able to be split, because it won’t happen.”
Marrone added that dissent in the board has held them back in the past, but she feels they have been coming together as a team. “We still need to make improvements, but I think the processes that we went through in hiring the new Town Administrator and Chief of Police brought us together a little bit more.”
Andy Cardarelli and Alan Dunham, two of the three candidates running for Selectmen in April, both agree, “getting along better” is a big issue in town.
“I think this is going to go a long way to help this board… to actually work together as a team,” Dunham said, “We’ll be able to just step right in with less of a learning curve and be accepted to go ahead and work together for everybody, for the betterment of the town, not for one side or another, but to work together because the town has to work together.”
Nutting said that if one person were always right, the board would only need one member. “It’s not about you and your egos, it’s about the town of Carver,” he said.