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.
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