With the constant turnover in officials, employees, and volunteers, many participants in town government have never received an orientation about the organization in which they play a role. In addition, many residents, old and new, do not know how Town government functions on a day-to-day basis.
While the Town has had workshops about specific topics such as ethics and the open meeting law, but it has not had that tries, in a small space of time, to highlight the issues, procedures and functions of town government including:
• The origin of boards, committees, town departments and town officials
• The open meeting law
• Town meeting
• Personnel (job descriptions, wage and personnel board, hiring, what happens after hiring, workers' compensation)
• Day-to-day finances (payroll, expenses, procurement, turnovers, keeping track of departmental budget)
• Roles (selectmen, finance committee, town accountant, town treasurer-collector, town clerk)
And the plan is to do all that in an hour and 45 minutes. At the end, the hope is that attendees have enough information to assist their departments, boards or committees or be a more knowledgeable participants as a residents and voters and know where to go or who to ask if they need more information.
We'll try to have some interactive segments (So You Think This Isn't a Meeting? Keeping Up with the Ethics Commission? Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader? (payroll/expense/turnover edition)), so it won't be just all lecture.
Who is invited? Anyone! Town officials, employees, members of boards and committees, paid, unpaid, volunteer and the general public, too.
When will it happen? Thursday, October 10 at 7pm.
Where will it happen? The Great Hall in Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street.
Will there be refreshments? Of course.
Interested parties can call the Selectmen's Office at 781-294-1316 for more information.