At their meeting last week, selectmen announced several short-term goals they would focus on this year, including personnel evaluations, improving the town website, providing residents with a breakdown of how their tax money is spent, and keeping business owners in Dedham Square and the public updated on construction plans for the area.
Select board members Sarah MacDonald and Carmen Dello Iacono both suggested that town employees be evaluated, with Dello Iacono saying he has heard from residents that some employees in Town Hall aren’t friendly.
“I think everyone is doing their job that’s expected,” he said. “I’d like to prove to people that everyone is doing their job.”
Dello Iacono also wanted to make it clear to residents how their tax dollars are being spent by the town.
“The biggest question around town I get hit with all the time is what they’re paying for. Once I break it down, it’s easy to understand,” he said.
Chairman Jim MacDonald suggested creating a flier that could be handed out to residents giving them a breakdown of how the town is spending their tax dollars.
Selectman Paul Reynolds said he would focus on bringing customers to Dedham Square during the construction phase of the multimillion-dollar improvements project that Town Meeting approved in the spring.
Town Meeting also approved $14,000 in mitigation funds to be used for “Dedham Square Open for Business,” which would be used to advertise when Dedham Square businesses are open during construction.
Reynolds also said he would like to focus on bringing “quality jobs that are professional-level jobs” to Dedham and work with the town’s economic development director, Karen O’Connell, to make that happen.
Jim MacDonald said he would like department heads and board members to go through human resource training “to educate them on the dos and don’ts of HR.” He also said he would like employees and board members to be trained in procurement, so those who want to be involved know the regulations.
Selectman Mike Butler said within the next year he would focus on finding a reuse for the Avery School building when students and staff are transferred to the new building, which is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012.
Butler also said he would focus on obtaining a block grant for East Dedham. According to the draft spreadsheet of the selectmen’s goals handed out at the meeting on Thursday, the town is in the process of obtaining a designation for East Dedham as a “targeted improvement area,” which would make it eligible for federal funds for a Community Development Block Grant Designation.
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