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GROTON — In a series of related decisions, the Board of Selectmen voted to approve the creation of new positions proposed by various town committees and departments and considered upgrades to several existing positions.

The votes, however, did not include appropriations or budget recommendations intended to cover the cost of the new positions. Such questions will be answered as the annual budget process for the coming fiscal year moves forward over the next few months.

Among the votes taken at the board’s Jan. 29 meeting, selectmen decided to support the creation of a community preservation assistant, who would work 5-8 hours each week in support of the Community Preservation Committee.

With funding for the position already in place from funds collected by the CPC, the person hired can begin work on May 1. By state law, the Community Preservation Committee is funded through a surcharge on town property taxes.

Also approved was a proposed information technology manager, who would work with the town’s Information Technology Committee. The new position carries a recommended salary of $59,900.

The need for an information technology manager was supported by selectmen as well as members of the town’s Computer and Web site committees due to the town’s growing reliance on computer technology. The manager would also assist various departments in coordinating technology-related decisions.

Finally, selectmen voted in favor of expanding the hours of a land-use planning assistant, whose time would be shared by the town’s various land-use boards and committees.

Funding for both the information technology manager and land-use assistant will be decided by residents at the annual town meeting in the spring.

Selectmen retreated into executive session to consider upgrading two existing positions, including that of an existing inspector position at the Water Department, who would become an environmental resource manager, and a title change for conservation assistant Barbara Ganem to that of conservation administrator.

According to Selectmen Chairman Peter Cunningham, discussion of the two reclassifications had to be held behind closed doors due to collective bargaining issues.

Also last Monday, selectmen voted unanimously to support a recommendation by personnel manager Elizabeth Currier to grant a salary increase to the town’s non-union employees, representing a 2.7 percent cost-of-living increase.

To arrive at that figure, Currier told selectmen she had compared the town’s rates with those of other nearby towns as well as contracts covering the town’s union employees.

“It’s important that we’re fair and consistent,” said Currier in support of the increase. “I think this is a good number.”

“I think she’s done a good job with her homework,” remarked board member Fran Dillon of Currier’s recommendation.

“I like the process,” added fellow board member Mihran Keoseian. “I like the benchmarks.”

Selectmen voted 5-0 in support of the cost-of-living adjustment.