Fair Haven board ponders policy changes
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | April 18,2013
FAIR HAVEN — A proposal to limit access to town vehicles after hours has failed as the Select Board reviewed its policies.
Selectman Robert Richards sought to amend the after-hours policy to restrict town vehicles from leaving the town after business hours and to allow department heads access to vehicles after hours only if they live in Fair Haven.
Town Manager Herbert Durfee said that the policy as it stands allows him, the police chief and public works director to take town vehicles after hours. The director of the water and sewer department has limited access and the town manager can designate a town employee to use a vehicle on a case-by-case basis.
The bulk of Richards’ proposal Monday focused on vehicles leaving town, but he also wanted a contractual agreement for employees using those vehicles.
The motion failed because it did not get a second by another board member.
Another policy discussed Monday was a 1963 sidewalk policy that focuses on maintenance, but only mentions basic cleaning and not repair or rehabilitation.
Durfee said Tuesday the Select Board will continue to discuss the policy over the next couple of meetings and will probably have almost a new policy when it is done.
“We are making it from a 1963 policy to 2013 policy,” the town manager said.
Also discussed was the commercial tax stabilization policy, which was amended to allow the town to negotiate with businesses on how much they will be taxed during a 10-year period.
The board also included a change allowing the town to have property tax agreements with alternative energy generating plants for more than 10 years.
The board also unanimously agreed to stop using banners over Main Street and to allow banners only on the two posts in the park. The policy change also restricted banners to those promoting Fair Haven events.
The Select Board is expected to continue to review policies at upcoming meetings.