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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Templeton Selectmen Policy and Procedures

Templeton Selectmen Policy and Procedures

Included below is the link to policies and procedures for the Templeton board of Selectmen.

Policies and Procedures Templeton Board of Selectmen

At  issue at the last selectmen meeting (December 28, 2016) was the vote to rescind the Uniform Office Hours & ODS Resolution. which was taken on December 12, 2016 with a quorum of three selectmen.

At issue is should the selectmen have waited until the full board of selectmen was present to vote on the issue of Uniform Office Hours and the ODS Resolution. Selectman Haley Brooks made a motion to reconsider the vote which eventually got shot down by the three selectmen who apparently don't give a damn about their own policies and procedures.

So why would anyone support expending money on correcting and updating the bylaws and other policies and procedures if the majority of the selectmen don't follow their own policies and procedures?

As for the issue of Uniform Office Hours, it is a great theory!

 "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is!" Yogi Berra

Let's look at the practice of uniform office hours. Does it save money?

Most of the offices at town hall are paid for a 40 hour  week. The Uniform Office Hours standardizes all town hall offices which will be open from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday as well as Monday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Let's do the math. I know, I know. Boring!

7:30 am - 4:30 pm = 9 hours x 4 days = 36 hours + 2 hours Monday night .   Total of 38 hours per week. 

What is the cost of a reduction of 2 hours PER WEEK per person effected? A loss of 2 hours per week x 52 weeks is a loss of 104 working hours per year per employee. What does this loss of working hours cost?

It's just another way of giving out a raise. Aren't the selectmen supposed to be looking for ways to save money in order to balance the budget?

So how about the creation of an Office of Developmental Services? Will this save money?  No it will actually cost more. About $1,400 more this fiscal know FY 17 - the unbalanced budget that grew from $87,500 in October to $200,000 in November. 

The budget that was approved by the voters at town meeting meeting did not fund an Office of Developmental Services!

 Interim Town Administrator, Carter Terenzini, stated at the December 28th selectmen meeting that the FY 17 budget isn't "unbalanced" it is "underfunded".

News Flash - the FY 17 budget is both unbalanced as well as underfunded! Time for a reality check!


  1. I honestly can not understand how these selectmen can justify some of the decisions they have made. How much money can they hand out, knowing there was not enough in the budget to start with. How are they going to explain this to the older people scraping by, with their itty bitty Social Security increases, as their medication continue to rise. How can you justify your lack of backbone to the families trying to make ends meet ! The fact is, many of the people in Town Hall, would have given back the raises Markel handed out. They want a job ! These people are not stupid, they understand the spot the Town is in. When you are in a fox hole and it is filling with water, it is time to stop digging ! There was enough time to fix things, some what if Markel's raises were rescinded, but time rolls on and the hole gets deeper. So now there is a movement to cut the hours In Town Hall, without reducing anyone,s pay !! Oh yah, how do you think that will go over, with the people who pay the bills ! , You just can't make this stuff up !

  2. C'mon Bev, it's only a 5% raise..........I mean, really, whats 2 hours pay for nothing when you're rolling in it like Templeton.

    No confidence in this administration.