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Upton Board Meets with Department Heads to Review Budgets

Several department heads met with the Upton Board of Selectmen to review their preliminary budget requests for the next fiscal year. With budget season in full swing, the Board plans to meet with all department heads in the coming weeks in an effort to examine how the Fiscal Year 2013 budget is shaping up.

During a January 31 meeting, the Board met with Council on Aging Director Jamie Gardner, who stated his budget will request an increase of 1.4 percent. Gardner is requesting a $500 increase in order for the town to take part in Tri-Valley Elder Services program, which provides an array of services for seniors including Meals on Wheels, home health aides, and much more.

During the brief budget discussion with Gardner, the Board pointed out Gardner's decision to turn down the Center's heat earlier in the day, which has yielded significant savings. "I think you're doing a good job with your budget Jamie" said Selectman Ken Picard.

Next, Police Chief Michael Bradley came before the Board to discuss his department's budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

According to Bradley, much of his budget will be level funded, with the exception of several line items. Bradley is asking for pay raises for several officers as the result of step increases. In addition, he increased the new equipment line item by an additional $2,000 in order to upgrade equipment in the town's cruisers. Another increase of $4,000 is being requested for fuel due to its increasing costs. Other line items, including training and education as well as building maintenance, are being level funded. Bradley also discussed his department's revenue resources which consist of citations, public record requests, and detail fees, among others, which are helping to bring in funding to the town.

"Another well done job Mike," said Picard.

In keeping with the Police Department's discussion, Bradley and the Board discussed some possible warrant articles for the upcoming April 3 Special Town Meeting which could include purchasing tasers for officers and a study to address options for the repair/maintenance of the exterior of the Police Department headquarters

In other news that evening, at the request of Town Manager Blythe Robinson, the Board unanimously approved the hiring of new Department Coordinator Sandra Hakala. According to Robinson, 65 applications were received for the position, of which 10 were considered by the Personnel Board as qualified. Robinson said Hakala, who is also an Upton resident, possesses the strong administrative skills needed as well as knowledge in human resources and insurance and will make an excellent addition to the Board of Selectmen's office. Hakala will start her new position in early February.

And finally, Fleming announced at the meeting that he has decided to seek re-election. Fleming, a resident of Upton for approximately 40 years, has served on the Board of Selectmen for 20 years. Previously, he served on the town's Finance Committee and Personnel Board.


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