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Buckley, Kingkade Ignore Hiring Recommendation

Selectmen William Buckley and William Kingkade ignored a recommended candidate to be hired as a junior building custodian in the renovated Milford Youth Center and instead voted to hire another finalist. Their 2-1 vote to hire Mark Veneziano – with Chairman Brian Murray dissenting – came during the board's March 7 meeting.

Town Administrator Richard Villani said that 33 people applied for the job, five were interviewed and two of those withdrew – leaving three finalists. He recommended hiring Paolo DeSouza at $17.91 per hour, with a start date of March 14.

But, Buckley said he had received phone calls from people he knew in town, all recommending Veneziano, Kingkade said he knew the Veneziano family and "There's no way I'm voting against Mark." Murray said he had received no such phone calls. "I would prefer to follow the process and go with the recommendation of the Town Administrator," the chairman said.

Following the board's meeting, Buckley told the Town Crier that Veneziano was one of the finalists for the job.

In other action, Buckley recommended using $2,200 from the funds in the tax increment financing (TIF) agreement account with the former BioMeasure, Inc. to replace lighting in front of the Police Station to illuminate the U.S. flag at night.

Kingkade – who brought up the problem several weeks ago – said he wanted to correct the violation of the United State Flag Code that calls for the flag to be illuminated if displayed at night before the May 23 Annual Town Meeting considers a funding request. Failing that, he asked that custodial staff take down the flag each evening.

The board decided to first have Villani check to see if funds could be found in the Police Department's budget to pay for the new lights now; if not, the funds would be taken from the BioMeasure account.


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