New town manager, new ethics ordinance

By MADELINE HUGHES

Tuesday’s relatively short but significant Shelburne Selectboard meeting started a new chapter in the town.

The three board members at the meeting – Vice Chair Jaime Heins, Dr. Josh Dein and Mary Kehoe –  unanimously approved the town’s new conflict of interest ordinance and publicly ratified newly-hired Town Manager Lee Krohn’s three-year contract.

Selectboard Chair Jerry Storey was absent from the meeting due to illness, and Dr. Colleen Parker had a scheduling conflict.

The updated conflict of interest ordinance was a year in the making after the town Ethics Committee fielded a number of ethics complaints in the fall of 2017.

Krohn had been the interim town manager as the town searched for a replacement for former Town Manager Joe Colangelo who left in May for a similar position in Hanover, Mass.

Krohn solidified his contract with the town on Dec. 1, which goes through Nov. 30, 2021. Krohn’s annual salary is $100,000 with four weeks of paid vacation. He also has a $312 monthly transportation allowance and 50 percent of his cellphone plan will be covered by the town.

“I’m grateful for everything and everyone,” Krohn said. “It’s resolved and now we can work together for the community.”

Dein suggested the town have a welcoming ceremony for Krohn in January to give residents a chance to meet him not during a regular meeting. Dein and other board members asked for input from community members to help set a date and time.

New ambulance

Shelburne Rescue will have a new ambulance to drive around town in July. Shelburne Rescue Chief Jacob Leopold told the Selectboard that the town typically replaces ambulances every 10 years, so it is time to replace the 2008 vehicle.

Ambulances, and all day-to-day expenses for rescue, are paid for by insurance revenue, he explained to the board.

Other news

• Falls Road sewer line work is done for the year, Krohn said. The town negotiated with the contractors to finish work for the season. Work is expected to finish in the spring.

• The Selectboard is meeting Thursday in an all-day budget session to hear from the town’s departments and boards to determine budget needs for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Krohn will deliver a full budget to the Selectboard by the end of the year. In January the board will finalize the budget to be approved by voters on Town Meeting Day in March.

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