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Selectmen Finalize Town Administrator Contract

Rochester Board of Selectmen

By Jean Perry

The Rochester Board of Selectmen is pleased after Town Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Szyndlar's six-month trial contract period and has decided not to wait until December to finalize a new three-year employment contract with Szyndlar.

During a brief October 17 meeting before commencing the Special Town Meeting, the selectmen signed the contract effective October 23 for three years with an annual salary of $120,000.

"We had to re-negotiate two months prior to the end of the six-month period," said Selectman Brad Morse. "We did that, and we're happy with the way things are going, so we moved forward."

Also during the meeting, the selectmen approved the hiring of Kelly Smith as a part-time clerical assistant to assist at Town Hall.

Szyndlar had requested the addition of an assistant who could help in the Selectmen's Office, as well as float throughout the Town Hall departments as a general office assistant.

Smith will officially begin her new position at Town Hall on Monday, October 24.

In other matters, selectmen swiftly signed the $240,000 borrowing note for the purchase of the new ambulance that was approved during the last Annual Town Meeting.

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for October 24 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Town Hall.

Dispatcher Resigns, BOS Talks 911 Regionalization

Rochester Board of Selectmen

By Jean Perry

The announcement that Chief Dispatcher Tracy Eldridge was resigning from her position prompted the Rochester Board of Selectmen on October 12 to again raise the question about whether the town might benefit from a regionalized 911 system.

Town Administrator Suzanne Szyndlar suggested that with Eldridge's departure, the town should revisit the matter and explore the 911 regionalization option.

"...Check and see what's best," said Szyndlar. "With Tracy's resignation, I think it is going to trigger some more urgency, so I don't know what you want to do with proceeding..."

In her letter, Eldridge said it was with mixed emotions that she tendered her resignation after 19 years, citing an "amazing opportunity that would be difficult to pass up."

"I have determined that it is best for me and my family to move forward with my career," said Eldridge.

The selectmen voted to accept Eldridge's resignation and prepare a letter of appreciation for her service.

Szyndlar suggested meeting with the fire chief, police chief, EMS, and the finance committee chairman to talk about options for the Rochester Communication Center.

"This is going to up some new questions," said Szyndlar. "We're going to have to think about something here."

The Rochester Board of Selectmen has not scheduled a meeting date past the Monday, October 17 Special Town Meeting.

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