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Proposed Police Station, Town Manager Re-Appointment Up for Discussion

The Sudbury Board of Selectmen meets on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. inside Town Hall.

The Sudbury Board of Selectmen meets on Tuesday night.
The Sudbury Board of Selectmen meets on Tuesday night.
The Sudbury Board of Selectmen will discuss a variety of items during their Tuesday night meeting, including the proposed new Sudbury Police Department building and the potential re-appointment of Town Manager Maureen Valente.

The public portion of Tuesday night's meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. following the conclusion of an executive session that kicks off at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place in the lower level of Town Hall.

After opening remarks, State Senators Michael Barrett and Jamie Eldridge are expected to be in front of board members beginning at 7:45 p.m.

Later in the evening, a vote is expected to receive the report and recommendations of the Town Counsel Search Committee, and respond to the Search Committee recommendations.

At 8:40 p.m. selectmen will meet with the Police Station Project team and Permanent Building Committee, which will provide the latest update on the building plans.

Later in the evening, the warrant for the 2014 Annual Town Meeting will be up for discussion. Selectmen will discuss articles, taking positions and assigning speakers for the meeting.

Another action item takes place late in the agenda. Board members will have a discussion on the intention of the Board of Selectmen to re-appoint the Town Manager, and in turn renew the town's employment agreement with Town Manager Maureen Valente.

According to a letter dated January 28 written by Board of Selectmen Chairman John C. Drobinski, a super majority of the board ranked Valente's performance at 96 percent out of a possible 100 percent.

One selectmen said they were dissatisfied with Valente's performance. According to Drobinski's letter, when that member's evaluation is included in the review, the Town Manager's rating is 82 percent.

"The Town Manager has always scored well for the past 13 years in all of the five evaluation areas," Drobinski wrote in the January letter.

Click here to view the agenda for Tuesday's meeting in its entirety.
kyle mccarthy March 12, 2014 at 07:49 AM
FYI, the chairman of the permanent building committee, Michael Melnick, owns his own design and construction firm for municipal buildings. Does anyone know the nature of the relationships he has with potential architects and engineers? Additionally, one of the other committee members, Bill Braun, is living rent free at Frost Farm and his landlord is our town manager. WTF?! The softball questions asked by these useless selectmen are just awful and contrived.
Spanky Simian March 12, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Kyle if that is in fact true, then all sorts of laws are being broken. I cannot believe that anyone would be that s2pid... When you are a political official / appointee, ALL efforts should be made to ensure that even the appearance of impropriety and quid pro quo are being avoided. This would be a flagrant middle finger to the constituents, if again what you say is true.
kyle mccarthy March 12, 2014 at 09:16 AM
here is Melnicks profile: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-melnick/25/94a/6a6 here is the initial agreement between the town and Braun. Question where is he with the renovations considering the timeline for completion was 3 1/2 years ago: http://api.ning.com/files/RO0kiDOYqae6BQLHXLYon6pu6utJk45yEhYU3Elnr0BM9224-2bYFHDAJ8fMtvnvzdl48RYUP3huAIpczapeUNn5i4Q**Ytl/FrostFarmHouse.pdf
jonathan March 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM
POPakaCOP, is that all you have to add? He works pretty hard and I think he's a decent guy. The other candidate has been on the planning committee for over a year and hasn't done anything. She sounds reasonable, but I doubt her reasons for doing this. Wasn't she Depompeis campaign manager? Of course, being transparent is a big deal, but I doubt that has been happening around here for a long period of time.

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