In his report, Mr. Conners said that, based on budgets of the four years before his appointment, legal costs averaged about $440,000 per year. "The projected annual cost for (legal) services this year will result in a saving of over $300,000 over the average and almost $200,000 over the best year during that span," he said.
Also on the agenda is a recommendation by Interim Police Chief Ed Flint to reorganize the police department's dispatch center, which would lead to a small cost savings to the town.
The move would mean the demotion of communications supervisor John Mattes, whose annual compensation with benefits is now $144,406. With council approval, Mr. Mattes' position would be scaled back to that of dispatcher, with an annual compensation package of $114,673.
In a staff report, Chief Flint said his recommendation is based on a recently completed job classification study by consultants and a staff review of the communication center's organizational structure.
The reviews found that not only was a communications supervisor not needed for dispatching services, but that having one created functional difficulties. Among them: "It is a source of unintended employee conflicts, frustration, and mixed messages from supervisors," the report said.
The chief is recommending that the on-duty patrol supervisor provide supervision of dispatch services once the position now held by Mr. Mattes is eliminated.
In addition to the savings of close to $30,000 in compensation, there would be a potential savings from eliminating the communication supervisor's overtime and the expense of "dispatcher backfill" resulting from the supervisor completing routine tasks, the report said.
The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, in the Town Center.
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