Westborough selectmen to cede administrative business to town manager


By Melanie Petrucci, Contributing Writer

Westborough – At the Oct. 25 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, Town Manager Jim Malloy presented administrative tasks that could be handled by his office rather than taken up at regular BOS meetings. This is a continued discussion based on a recommendation that came out of a board retreat that took place several months ago.

Selectmen Chair Ian Johnson said, “This is to enhance the work of the Board of Selectmen and improve our meetings making them more efficient and effective.”

Malloy recited the following items for the BOS to consider for delegation: new liquor licenses, transfer of liquor licenses, other liquor decisions (change of manager, alter of premises, pledge of license, extended hours, annual renewals and change of officers), pole hearings, festivals/5Ks, election officers, poll sites, common victualler licenses, site plan, bonds, fuel storage, surplus equipment, union fundraising, gift accounts, tax bill inserts, Earth Day, livery, Department of Public Works annual bids, and Class I and II car dealership licenses.

After discussion, the board voted to keep authority over several items, including new and transfer liquor licenses.

“It’s important to stay involved for the good of the community,” said Selectman Leigh Emery.

Other items include site plan, tax bill inserts and Class I and II car dealership licenses.

Malloy said that the town can test this approach out and revise if need be.

“This is a living document,” said Selectman Denny Drewry.


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