Cohasset: Selectmen Consider a Works-Performance Management Plan

Cohasset officials are looking for ways to streamline town services.

Selectmen chairman Steve Gaumer said the board will consider a works-performance management plan during tonight’s meeting.

“The performance management piece is a way of measuring ourselves and determining just how effectively we do what we say we do. If we find the fact that we are spending an awful lot time and energy in areas that don’t align with that, well then we can adjust and spend our tax dollars more efficiently,” said Gaumer.

Tying into that is the launch of a program called “See Click Fix.”

“Citizens can report non-emergency items in need of repair and then track those,” said Gaumer.

See Click Fix comes from a state initiative, Commonwealth Connect, and is available as a SmartPhone app.

“It’s actually right now on the town website. We are going to find out more tonight because this is the first demonstration for the selectmen and for the public,” said Gaumer.

Also, like many South Shore towns, Cohasset proves to be a popular destination for road races, charity walks and other events.

But officials say there can be too much of a good thing – prompting the Board of Selectmen to implement a one-year moratorium on approving new events in town.

“We’re not unlike Marshfield or Scituate or Duxbury or any of the coastal communities, we have a fairly attractive landscape on which to hold cycling, motorcycling, running events and the like. Unfortunately we have a limited stretch of roadway and tying those up for events puts a fairly sizable burden on our staff and public safety. In some cases we’re heavily burdened to make sure we keep the roads open, not the least of our concerns, of course, are steady inconveniences of people who might live along the event route,” said Gaumer.

Gaumer said the board will discuss the status of this moratorium tonight.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Cohasset Town Hall. 

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Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.