The Plympton Board of Selectmen reorganized Monday, May 20. Christine Joy is chairman, while Mark Russo is now vice-chairman and John Traynor is clerk. They spent a large part of their meeting working on an ongoing “parking-lot,” for issues that are on the backburner, but they want to track and put on the agenda from time to time in the future.
The parking lot has become lengthy over time, but some of the items on the list are ongoing, for example, IT-infrastructure upgrades that the board wants to monitor, although the board was crossing off issues that they had accomplished.
Selectman John Traynor led the presentation on the parking lot.
The issues accomplished included evaluating and formalizing the board’s goals and objectives for 2019, which they worked on with the Town Administrator, Elizabeth Dennehy, and appear on each meeting’s agenda. The Selectmen do not always go into much discussion on these goals and objectives at each meeting but ostensibly use them to guide their decision making.
Other items accomplished included coordinating the Green Communities Grant, which is ongoing and has become part of Dennehy’s responsibilities, she said, which allows the town to save money on energy expenses mainly through retrofitting existing building through grants to make them more energy efficient.
Another issue was solving the sound recording issues in the Selectmen’s Meeting Room with Area 58 Community Access Media. Any sound recording issues that existed have been deemed solved by the selectmen.
An intern, one of several sought, was obtained from Bridgewater State University to work with the Wage and Personnel Committee.
Finally, the professional team of auditors did finally make a presentation to the financial team, another long-term goal.
But, the “parking lot” continues to be lengthy, and additions were made, which was not concerning to Selectmen Russo or Joy, speaking after the meeting. They said that the parking lot was for items of less pressing concern but needed to be monitored.
This category included the following:
• A disposition process for town owned land, discussed at length, is in place, but the board is not completely comfortable with, they say.
• A master plan for the town campus, that continues to be on ongoing discussion, and the board is waiting on a report from the Old Colony Planning Council to give it direction.
• Completion of a town pavement plan, including road inventory and assessment with the Highway Superintendent.
• A technology master plan, that will include an infrastructure audit, a new server upgrade and long-awaited email updates.
• Concerns about the intersection of Main Street and Ring Roads – another enduring issue.
• Speed limits on Main Street, that Russo reports are controlled by the state and that there is not much that localities can do about it.
• Illuminating the entrance to Town House, that all on the board have agreed is unsafe.
• More volunteer outreach and recognition.
• A town flag policy for flags from the town center to Old Town House, a cause that Traynor has championed but other board members have not as enthusiastically supported.
• Working with more interns.
• Fixing the water problems in the basement of Town House, where people work.
• Renovating the old Police Station, possibly temporarily into an open space with cubicles and a conference room, until more final plans can be made for the space.
• Hiring an engineer to fix the parking lot on the Town Hall Campus.
• A cleanup for the North Plympton Cemetery, on the Kinston line.
• A new septic system for Town House.
• Follow the Water Resources Working Group.
• Monitor Plympton senior citizens’ issues.
Finally, for the long term, the Selectmen said they will monitor the Carver Urban Renewal Project, the Rocky Harvest settlement compliance agreement, the Finance Committee and the budgeting process, future exploration of shared services and opportunities and the Dennett School water treatment project updates.
• The Plympton Board of Selectmen will next meet Monday, June 3, at 6 p.m. unless otherwise posted.
• Memorial Day is Monday, May 27; Town House will be closed.
• The Memorial Day parade line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Old Town House, and the parade starts at 10 a.m.