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June 18, 2014

Delp reappointed to head West Newbury's EMA


She would welcome his participation, Delp said, adding, “The more the merrier.” Alvino was not present on Monday.

Anderson said the issue appeared to be “a miscommunication all the way around.” He proposed appointing Delp for six months, with instructions for her to check back in with selectmen in September and December. Delp agreed to hold a meeting with her deputy directors this summer.

In other business, Anderson reported that of the 28 people who have applied for the finance director’s position, the selection committee will interview nine candidates. The panel will choose up to three finalists, with whom selectmen will then meet on July 7 starting at 6 p.m.

Retiring finance director Warren Sproul has agreed to continue until August to help with the transition. Kemper said that news of the resignation of town accountant Eileen DeVeau now made the transition period even more critical. DeVeau leaves at the end of the month to take a job in Newbury.

Selectmen adopted employee wage rates for the upcoming fiscal year that include a cut in the rate fire Chief Dwyer receives for responding to calls. As a way to work within the budget, Dwyer proposed reducing his rate from $33.81 to $22.54 per hour.

As a full-time police officer, Dwyer typically receives time and half his normal rate when responding to fire calls. The pay cut will ensure he is paid equal to, but not more than, the proposed rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

He also clarified that a proposal to offer a shift differential to firefighters willing to respond to calls overnight is a long-term goal and not something he wants to implement immediately.

A request from Phyllis Leonard for a 4-week permit to allow a guest to live in a recreational camper on her Main Street property was denied.

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