Monday, December 19, 2016
Suck it Up, Buttercup!
In the rush to consolidate departments to try to achieve some sort of savings to close the budget deficit in the FY 17 budget, the merger of highway and cemetery departments is being considered.
The merger of these two departments is being done hastily, which will probably cause a lot of problems.
Both the cemetery superintendent and the highway superintendent will interview to remain employed by the Town of Templeton. The interim town administrator, Carter Terenzini, has proposed a "neutral" evaluator to interview both candidates.
The plan is to put the "neutral" evaluator up in a hotel and pay for meals while these interviews are conducted. There is no money in the budget to pay for this.
Maybe a better plan is that the Board of Selectmen actually do the job to which they were elected.
A better plan might be to see if one of these long time employees is considering retiring and could train the other long time employee. Both of these individuals have extensive knowledge of the town. The transition period could take place and be beneficial to the town and the employees.
As for "neutral", the evaluator chosen by the interim TA is also a colleague of the TA.
So Templeton selectmen, time to "suck it up, buttercup!"