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THE LYNNFIELD ADVOCATE
– Friday, April 21, 2017
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Selectmen chart new beginning with goals, pledges
Board heeds calls for attention to fields, roadways
By Melanie Higgins
W
ith the reelection of Phil
Crawford and the reor-
ganization of the Board of Se-
lectmen to make Chris Barrett
chair and Richard Dalton vice
chair, the three leaders also
took the opportunity to reaf-
firm their commitment to Lyn-
nfielders. Led by Barrett at the
selectmen’s meeting on April
11, the board outlined three
main tasks for the road ahead:
1.)maintaining its“code of con-
duct,”2.) setting out goals, and
3.) presenting an “action item
list.”The latter will be available
on the town website for the
public to view.
The code of conduct was es-
tablished by Crawford and for-
mer Selectman David Nelson
in 2013. It “reaffirms our code
and our expectations for one
another and focuses on our
team effort,” as said by Barrett.
It also “helps to ensure a solid
foundation of howwe operate
as a town.”
The selectmen then commit-
ted to the following items, dig-
nified with a signature of the
document and a vote:
–“Realize ‘number one’ that
we work as a team and abide
by the support and carry out
the decisions we make. Re-
member that each member
represents the entire commu-
nity, resident and neighbor-
hood.”
–“Every boardmembermust
be ‘unselfish in service’ and
humble and not benefit per-
sonally or politically from any
of our activities, and to do
what is in the best interest of
the town.”
–“Abide by the ethics guide-
lines established by Massa-
chusetts and Lynnfield. Al-
ways maintain confidentiality
of privileged information we
maintain.”
–“Always keeping the Town
Administrator ‘in the loop.’”
–Make sure than any infor-
mation shared with the chair
is shared right away with fel-
low selectmen.
–“Make no statements of
promises or heartache.”
–“Weigh the pros and cons
andgive each issue the respect
it deserves.”
–“Treat with respect the
rights of board members’ dif-
ferences of opinion.” Barrett
added,“We’renot always going
to agree, but we’ll do our best.”
–“Never publicly criticize an
individual employee.”
Barrett then outlined his
goals for the upcoming year.
He added that as the town
moves along, the list will ex-
pand. Before launching into
the town’s goals, he provided
a “mission statement”: “Pro-
vide the communitywith lead-
ership to ensure quality of life
through the promotion of pro-
fessional, quality service, re-
sponsiveness to community
issues, growth management,”
he began. “Long term finan-
cial stability, atmosphere for a
good and local economy, en-
vironmental stewardship, pre-
serve the character of the com-
munity, promote programs
and policies that preserve our
friendly, welcoming, and small
town community atmosphere.
Review, modify, and establish
sound and clearly definedpoli-
cies thatwill direct and support
the administration to effective-
ly deliver public services. Pro-
vide effective leadership to fa-
cilitate public policy discus-
sions and foster the sharing of
factual information.”
The mission statement also
included pledges to “adopt
best practices” as defined by
the Massachusetts Municipal
Association, remain “respon-
sive to the community,” “en-
sure selectmen’s meetings are
available to the public,” “pro-
mote resident participation in
town government and volun-
teering,” “preserve and main-
tain the beauty of our natu-
ral setting,” “review the town
charter,”address the substance
abuse crisis, bring in senior tax
relief by exploring possible tax
abatement, maintain school
buildings, make sure the town
manager remains “apolitical”
and ensure that town depart-
ment heads maintain a “cul-
ture of teamwork, mutual re-
spect, and accountability, most
importantly to the residents of
Lynnfield.
The goals and objectives for
Lynnfield in the coming year
are as follows:
–To charge the department
heads with “developing a plan
to develop services and mis-
sion statements and goals in-
cluding measurable objec-
tives.”
–To maintain a “working list”
of “issues and projects” head-
ed by the town manager. The
list will be, in the words of
Crawford, a “living document”
so that visitors will be able to
see what the town manager
is working on in real time. The
document will be available on
the town website.
–To have“enhanced commu-
nication between the board,
Town Administrator, depart-
ment heads, boards, commit-
tees, and public.”
–To “develop a quarterly up-
date for department heads.”
–To “develop a town wide
strategic information technol-
ogy plan” that will include “in-
ventory”and“assessment”fea-
tures to better determine each
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