TOWNSEND -- Selectmen and Town Administrator Andrew Sheehan are drafting a revised version of the town's personnel manual.
Sheehan presented the revised table of contents for the new manual at the Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday night.
He said the revised version will be significantly pared down from the original manual, which is more than 75 pages.
"This is not the Magna Carta," Sheehan said. "We don't have to turn it into something that it's not."
The manual was written in 2004 and has never been revised.
Selectman Robert Plamondon said the goal of the rewrite was to clarify the personnel policies in a simple way.
"More is not necessarily better," Plamondon said. "When we can simplify things and make it more manageable and understandable, I think that's a step in the right direction."
Selectmen also voted to approve appropriations to various town departments. The accounting department received $500 for staff training on how to use the department's new software. The tax collector's office was appropriated $5,400 for software training and the retrieval of financial data from the old software system. The treasurer received $2,000 to get caught up on monthly bank statements.
Also appropriated were $2,300 to street lighting to cover a budget shortfall and $2,000 to landfill operations to dispose of brush that cannot be burned.
The board also approved the annual appointments of officials and board members, with no objections.
Also on the agenda were a vote to award an information-technology support-services contract to Townsend Technologies and a request to close all nonpublic, public-safety offices July 5, both of which passed with no objections.
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