From: Peter White
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:54 PM
To: Nancy Kramer
Subject: misc. town issues
To the Selectboard,
I would like to offer my opinion on some current town issues as you prepare to vote concerning them. I have not
attended your meetings, but have followed each of these issues closely. I am currently out of town for awhile and can't
make the upcoming meetings.
1. We need to control our property taxes and keep them from rising any more than absolutely necessary. I realize that
many residents like myself expect good reliable services from our town, but everything doesn't have to be the best,
most perfect, if our budgets don't allow it. We are a small town with very little commercial base and many of our
citizens are struggling to keep up with the property tax we pay, myself included.
2. Regarding the proposed raises for town employees: While I feel each of the individuals involved do an excellent job
for our town, I do not support the large pay increases proposed to be given all at once. It appears that the consultant's
study that was done is not totally appropriate for our situation and even if the figures are fair, I don't agree with just
handing out these big increases all at once. Where in the "real world" of business is this done this way? If increases
are in order, which I'm sure that they are, they should be stepped in over a longer period of time, or when a position
turns over. Especially when budgets are tight, and unemployment is high, we shouldn't be giving these large one time
increases. It just doesn't sit right with me.
3. I do support the changes that you have made to support the Town Clerk's office and to combine certain positions so
our town employee with 3 jobs and no benefits has a full time job with benefits.
4. I do not support a larger increase in the Town Manager's salary than the one that you have proposed. I think that
Neil Fulton does an excellent job and is a valuable asset to the town of Norwich, but his position received a large
increase compared to the previous managers when he was brought in. I think that the raise that you proposed is
reasonable given the circumstances.
5. Regarding the communications tower…….I do not like the way that this has been handled by the town manager and
select board. It concerns me that it sets a bad precedent for the future and any other tower requests. The town
shouldn't ignore its own regulations. I also don't like being locked in with Vtel for 60 years. I feel that you should warn a
bond issue on the tower.
Thank you for listening to my comments, and thank you for the work that you all do for our town.
850 Newton Lane, Norwich, VT