By Genevieve Jinson, Community Reporter
Northborough – The town of Northborough has won the Distinguished Budget Award for its fiscal year 2013 budget. This is the third consecutive year the town has won the award from the Government Finance Officers of the United States and Canada.
Town Administrator John Coderre shared the news with the Board of Selectmen at the board's Dec. 17 meeting.
“This is the highest award a municipality could receive in public budgeting and it's based on continuous improvement,” Coderre said.
The budget is reviewed by people across the country, who “tear [the budget] apart,” he added.
Coderre praised his staff, Assistant Town Administrator Kim Hood, Town Accountant Jason Little and Finance Director June Hubbard-Ward on their dedication and hard work.
“They are absolutely self-driven to do excellent work,” Coderre said. “You can's motivate people to work at the level that these people do. They are energized by the concept of continuous improvement in our budget I couldn's be more proud.”
Northborough was one of only seven Massachusetts communities to receive the award this year, he added.
In other business, the board granted the “non-use” of two licenses. The board granted the non-use of the wine and malt license for Reliance Beer & Wine, 293 West Main St. until June 30, 2013. The store is in the process of renovations to its premises.
A non-use was also granted to Sea Dog Steak & Ale, 318 Main Street, which recently closed its doors. ?The board voted to suspend the license until June 30, 2013 with the condition that if the license is not in use by March 31, 2013 that a written update be provided to the board indicating the status of any future business plans.
The board also granted a common Victualler license to Stephen DelRose of Qdoba Mexican? Grill, 4104 Shops Way. DelRose said that as of now the establishment does not plan on serving any alcoholic beverages.