2012 REPORT OF THE TOWN COUNCIL
During the second term of our still young form of government, the Town Council continued to work towards improving upon the three major goals: to increase accountability for our elected officials, to improve government efficiency, and to make our government more transparent. All materials for the Town Council meetings are available on-line, including agendas for the upcoming meetings so that our residents can be informed and educated about the business being discussed. RCTV televises and replays Council and other boards meetings so that our residents can hold our leaders accountable for their actions. The inherent delays of our former government have been eliminated so that agenda items may be deliberated and voted on in a much more timely and efficient manner.
Working together with our Town Manager, David Murphy, our great community has seen many changes to our landscape with the revitalization of Crawford Square, as well as many other improvements along our Main Street and other areas of town. We thank Mr. Murphy for his passion, dedication, and vision for the Town of Randolph. Powers Farms, the newly opened Randolph Dog Park, our new athletic complex, recently passed ordinances, and working with our business community, have continued to improve the quality of life for our residents. The Town Council and School Committee have continued our commitment by working together, sharing information and actively participating in our joint meetings. We have seen progress in the past year for our school system, but we understand that there are many challenges that we must
still address as we strive for increased student achievement for all our children.
During 2012, thirty-three orders were submitted to and deliberated by the Town Council. Some of the highlights include:
1. Complete revision of our general bylaws
2. Various transfers to our stabilization fund
3. Approved Zoning changes relative to:
a. Building Height Requirements
b. FEMA Zoning Bylaw
c. Clear Sight Area
d. Off-Street Parking
e. More than one building on a lot
4. Approved Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Enterprise Fund Budgets
5. Approved $1 million Capital Improvement Plan
a. Three new police cruisers
b. School technology
c. Fire Department ambulance
d. Diesel utility pickup with plow
e. Streets and sidewalks
f. Capital Planning Study
6. Approved Community Preservation expenditures
a. Town Planner
b. Historical Preservation Plan
c. Congregational Church clock repairs
d. Restoration of the Belcher House
In addition, there are still a few 2012 orders that are being worked on by our Finance and Ordinance subcommittees including:
1. Rezoning of properties at 374, 965, 967, and 969 North Main Street
2. Creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund
3. Changes to Zoning Definitions and the Table of Allowable Activity
4. Creation of a Veterans’ Committee
The Town Council continued our annual review of our Rules and Regulations to improve our efficiency and effectiveness, as well as making the Council more proactive:
1. Meeting schedule for the calendar year will be established by the President by the 2nd meeting in January.
2. Established policy that reorganization occurs at the 1st meeting in January or the bi-annual Inauguration
3. Changed that a motion to reconsider may be made as the first order of business of the next meeting
According to the Town charter, the Council also acts as the licensing board. Throughout the year, the Council approved various permits such as livery, common victualler's, change of managers, and various other licenses. We continued to have various community organizations such as the Historical Commission, Boy Scout Troop Pack #36, Girl Scout Troop #74478, No Place for Hate, and Hilltop Humane Society, as well as many of our department heads, present to the Council to help keep our residents informed about the various activities and opportunities available in our community. In addition, we welcomed Eric Laprade, Music Director, and members of the Randolph High School band for a musical demonstration and heard the powerful poetry reading of RHS Freshman Stephanie Igharosa, Massachusetts Poetry Champion. The Council
welcomed new firefighters and police officers to our public safety force and congratulated those promoted during the calendar year.
The Council appointed Abby Keane as our new Clerk of the Council, replacing Andrea Bohn. We express our sincere appreciation to both Abby and Andrea for their tremendous efforts, as well as the staff of the Town Manager, Linda Sproules, Anne Barkhouse, and Betty McGrath, who continue to provide valuable resources to the Council. Also, thank you to Town Clerk and Assistant Town Manager Brian Howard and his staff Cheryl Sass and Kristen McDonald, for their continued support. Special thanks to Randolph Community Television, their staff and volunteers for their commitment to public access television and their continued coverage of Town Council and other board meetings, as well as the various programs for the Town of Randolph. We welcomed Arti Mehta as our new Director of Municipal Finance and look forward to working with
her to strengthen the financial position for our community. Lastly, we congratulated Steve Toomey, Town Accountant, on his retirement and his long-time commitment and dedication to the Town of Randolph in a variety of different positions over the years.
The Town Council has worked hard over the past year, continuing to build upon our recent successes. By collaborating with our Town Manager and other departments and boards and reaching out to our resident and the business community, we will continue building toward tomorrow today.
Andrew L. Azer, President
Paul J. Meoni, Vice-President
James F. Burgess Jr.
Richard A. Brewer
Paul K. Fernandes
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