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To the Editor:
I am wondering if anyone is as confused as I am…..or maybe no one is aware like I was up until [Monday] night.
Did you know that we voted to layoff Bridget from the cemetery as part of our Town Meeting Budget/Agenda?
Apparently we approved Karen* to be in charge of the cemetery (where she will contract out the work) and Bridget* was laid off as part of the budget cut! Now as many of you know Bridget has been working for US the town of Southboro for more than 25 years. I don’t think we would have decided such a thing especially if it was spelled out and discussed during the meeting like it should have been. I find it hard to swallow that we discuss in great lengths the hiring of (2) new Fireman, We are asked to approve a budget for a “Dog Officer” who doesn’t return calls to the tune of $27,000 a year…..But when it comes to laying off an important person to this town and the community…. I feel like it was just hidden in some text at the back of the book, something seems very fishy. I don’t know about anyone else but this seems to be a pattern going on lately in our town/town hall!
*[Editor’s Note: Ms. Cappello is referring to Department of Public Works employees Karen Galligan, Director, and Bridget Gilleney-DeCenzo, Cemetery Division Supervisor.
Looking at the Annual Town Warrant, I found the item she refers to under the section titled Budget Highlights:
Privatization of cemetery maintenance – Another initiative is to keep the DPW at a virtual level budget for FY15 by privatizing the Cemetery maintenance. Cemetery administrative operations, records retention, burials and grounds maintenance planning will still be the responsibility of the DPW, however most grounds maintenance would be contracted out under this plan. Current staff retirements allow an opportunity to pursue this with the possibility of no layoffs. The savings of this plan would be approximately $60,000 – not including future OPEB costs or benefit savings.
Budget Highlights weren’t part of the table of contents, so the pages are unnumbered. But if you look at the online version, scrolling down it begins on digital page #45, and this item is on digital page #46.]