Resignations

Selectmen accepted the resignations of two town officials, including one of their own.

Assessor Jim Keefe resigned as of April 30, a year before his term expires.

Selectman Andy Deveau submitted his letter of resignation, effective May 10, ending his second term in office a year early. It could be ever earlier, Selectman Kendra Dumont noted, coinciding with a planned move to Florida.

Program

Swain and Dumont also approved a new policy calling for seniors who participate in the town's Tax Work-off program to have criminal background checks, or CORI checks. The acronym stands for criminal offender record information.

Based on the so-called DCJIS model and Massachusetts law, the reason the selectmen cited for the qualifying add-on is that work-off participants could be assigned to work with children, in the town library or the schools.

CORI screening follows a specific set of procedures enumerated in the policy. For example, the information obtained is confidential, with access limited to those individuals who have a "need to know," such as hiring managers or certain staff members, with lists kept of who those authorized people are. Additionally, subjects of CORI checks receive copies of their reports.

The process costs $25 per subject, for which the town will pay the bill, the selectmen said.

Annual Town Election Warrant

Before adjourning their brief meeting, the selectmen signed off on a list of driveway permits and opened the warrant for Annual Town Meeting, set for May 14.

Anyone who wants to submit a proposed article to the selectmen for placement on the ATM warrant has from now to March 15 to do so. The warrant closes on that date.

-- M.E. Jones