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Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Fleet. Really? A Fleet?

One question: Why?

Doesn't the TA own his own car?  Why would the TA's use of a town own car be necessary?

The article speaks of "fleet" of town vehicles.

A "fleet".

Police vehicles.  Check.
Fire vehicles.  Check.
Board of Health.  Not sure, but probably.  Check.
School Department.  Of course.  Check.

Where is this vehicle coming from?  And, why does Sturbridge have a "fleet" of vehicles?

Cripes.  Never mind.  It's just me.  I'm just having a moment trying to rationalize a town of 7,837 people having a fleet of vehicles at it's disposal, and one extra for the Town Administrator to use in place of his own vehicle.

Forget about it.  Just me, being a catalyst again.

Sturbridge administrator to get a town vehicle

STURBRIDGE — The town administrator now has one of the town’s fleet vehicles at his disposal, thanks to selectmen.

In a 2-1-1 vote, selectmen last night authorized Town Administrator Shaun A. Suhoski access to one of the town’s vehicles.

Chairman Thomas R. Creamer made the motion, which was seconded by Selectmen Priscilla Gimas, and they both voted for it.

“I think it’s inequitable that the town administrator is not authorized to have one of the fleet vehicles out here at his disposal,” Mr. Creamer said. “I think as a sign of equity that the town administrator should be authorized to use a fleet vehicle whenever he deems it necessary. If he wants to take a fleet vehicle home and respond back to the town with the fleet vehicle, I think it’s only fair and appropriate because he is the senior individual in respect to on-the-ground, day-to-day decisions.”

According to the motion, selectmen can rescind the vehicle whenever they want to.

Selectman Mary Blanchard said allowing the town administrator access to a vehicle is “extra compensation” and is “over and above” his contract. She voted against the motion.

“As valuable as Shaun is he’s not really an emergency person,” Mrs. Blanchard said. “We would also have to check with insurance and liability for a vehicle out of town.”

Selectman Mary Redetzke also questioned giving the town administrator access to a town vehicle. She abstained from voting on the matter.

Mr. Suhoski lives in Gardner.

— Craig S. Semon


  1. But, of course!Tuesday, May 07, 2013

    Hey, the guy only has a 6 figure income. We need to make sure he has the means to get here somehow. And don't forget the gas. He'll need to fill up at the town's gas pump, for free.
    You know what they keep telling us - that we shouldn't expect good things for our town unless we are willing to pay for them...and pay...and pay.

  2. I don't believe that the vehicle is to be used for commuting, its to be used on Town business, during the day, during working hours.....the same as Board of Health Agent, Building Inspector, Planning Department.

  3. The Chairman keeps setting the stage ...............

  4. Only In Sturbridge....Tuesday, May 07, 2013

    "If he wants to take a fleet vehicle home" states in the article above.

    Last week was stipends this week its Cars.

    Whats next week we going to give away Luxury Homes and Cash to live in the Town.

    No wonder there is soo many houses going for sale, and the Post Office is getting so many change of requests forms the past 60 days. People are getting out of town..

  5. No consulting with the Fiance Comm, no consulting from the Finance director. You gotta figure it's a minimun $30 per day to commute to gardner everyday figuring gas wear and tear. Creamer and his side kick Gimas just gave our TA a $7200 per year raise. Time to get rid of all three the TA ,The Chairman and The VIce Chair They are distroying this Town.

  6. The vehicle CAN now be taken home whenever the administrator wants to take it home. He was already allowed to use it here.

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  9. So now "we" are willing not only provide a vehicle and its wear and tear and any applicable taxes and gasoline for the administrator's long rides home and back to Sturbridge - proposed by the chairman of the board who is absolutely opposed to any needless tax increases. Oh, wait - this may not cause a tax increase, but we will pay for it - ummm with whose money?

  10. Creamer is not doing this out of the goodness of his heart he is doing this to set up the TA to eventually get rid of him. Like an earlier poster said "the stage is set". Why else would Creamer and his side kick Gimas offer a car when they won't vote to give anyone a raise? It is a set up.

  11. Every job I ever had ....... it was my responsibility to get to work on my own .... let the TA get from Gardner to here on HIS own.

  12. When they interview Suhoski when he gets his next suspension for failing to do his duties and they ask what your going to do on your week off with the town car. He will say "I am going to Disneyland" all expenses paid by the Town.


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