By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Town Manager Kevin Mizikar discussed the recent Annual Town Meeting with the Board of Selectmen at their meeting May 28.
“I just want to take the opportunity to thank the department heads and the board and the entire team for what I believe was a successful meeting,” Mizikar said.
He highlighted a few of the warrant articles that he said were key initiatives, including changes to the Personnel Board that put the town in a better position to be “nimble” in the management of human resources and more competitive in recruiting and retaining staff.
He also mentioned the approval of changing the financial management of utilities by creating three new enterprise funds which will make them more fiscally effective.
“I think that setting up the Enterprise Funds is going to help with transparency and at least people being able to understanding better what these operations cost,” noted Board Chair Maurice DePalo.
Mizikar said he was pleased with the passage of the Capital Investment Plan, which outlined not only replacing assets, but also included considering the police station and municipal campus in the approved feasibility study.
“Similarly, Town Meeting supported the Citizen’s Petition for Hexavalent Chromium which shows a clear advocacy for aggressive approach to improved drinking water… ”Mizikar stated. He also noted the continued measured approach with zoning bylaws regarding preserving the reasonable development of certain parcels of land in the community.