WESTWOOD — Westwood has taken the next step in its search for a new Town Administrator.
During its meeting on Thursday, June 6, the board approved the hiring of Community Paradigm as a search firm, as well as a transfer of $13,000 from the town’s reserve fund to pay for the firm.
Community Paradigm has been involved in several searches for town executives; it was recently hired by the town of Dedham to conduct a search to replace Town Manager James Kern, who is retiring.
Westwood Town Administrator Michael Jaillet recently announced his retirement, but has agreed to stay on until a replacement is found.
Human Resources Director Joan Murray told the board that the search process would be about 14 weeks.
… Board members commended Madeline Morgan for earning the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts. For her Gold Award project, Morgan created a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math club for middle school girls. She also hosted a four-day STEM programs in 2018.
In reference to getting more girls interested in STEM, Board Chairwoman Nancy Hyde said, “People like you are still pioneers.”
Morgan will receive her Gold Award in Boston on June 14.
… The newest member of Westwood’s Fire Department, Mackenzie Wright, was introduced to the board by Fire Chief John Deckers.
Wright joined the department in 2018 as a “third rider” in the ambulance, worked her first shift as a firefighter this past January, and graduated from the firefighting academy in May.
“We have a rock star,” said Deckers.
… The board approved change of manager records for Courtyard by Marriott and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, pending approval by the state’s alcoholic beverages commission.
… The board also approved a license request for Prime/Porsche for an invitation-only event on June 14.
… Fiscal 2020 capital requests totaling about $3.826 million were approved by the board; the requests covered various town departments.
… Board members discussed a request for several stop signs for the Greenacre Road area between Route 109 and Temple Beth David, including Glen Road, Stanford Drive and Wildwood Drive.
… Vacancies exist in a variety of town boards and committees, including Historical Commission, Commission on Disability and the Cultural Council. The Select Board has the complete list on its home page on the town website, http://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/default.htm
… The board approved the transfer of funds from Verizon and Comcast, totaling nearly $68,000, to the Westwood Media Center.
… Pulte at Westwood Place on University Avenue will include 10 affordable condo units. In a related move, Hyde requested Jaillet to prepare an update on housing in town, and have it ready for July.
… Jaillet announced a vacancy on the town’s Sewer Commission; he said the Select Board would need to have a joint meeting with the commission to fill the vacancy until the next town election.
… The Select Board’s next meeting will be June 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the police station.