Gardner Council Approves Key Appointments and Large Fiscal Appropriations

In a recent Gardner City Council meeting, appointments and financial decisions took center stage. Among the approved appointments were Dane Arnold as Public Works Director and Michael F. Ellis as Senior Citizens Director, both of whom received high praise from city officials for their contributions and leadership. Additionally, the Council voted to appropriate $625,000 from the stabilization fund to construct a new salt shed for the Department of Public Works (DPW), emphasizing the importance of safety and cost savings. The meeting also tackled the authorization of the FY 2024 Community Development Block Grant plan, a petition by National Grid and Verizon New England, and several other financial and legislative matters.

Dane Arnold’s appointment as Public Works Director was unanimously approved after a discussion about his qualifications, experience, and the integral role of the Public Works Department in maintaining city infrastructure. Arnold, who has a long history with the city, highlighted key projects such as water system upgrades and road repairs, and commended his staff’s responsiveness to constituents’ needs.

Michael F. Ellis, whose leadership and growth of services at the senior center were recognized by Mayor Nicholson and other officials, was also appointed as Senior Citizens Director. Ellis spoke about the importance of partnerships and volunteer contributions, with particular attention given to the senior community’s needs. The council discussed tax relief for seniors involved in volunteer work.

The council addressed the reappointment of Carla J. W. Kitz and Robert Rice Square as trustees of the Williams Rockwell educational gift fund. Both Kitz and Square were praised for their unique perspectives, community knowledge, and commitment to the future impact of the fund’s decisions. The reappointments were approved, with some councilors recusing themselves due to personal connections.

Financial decision-making was a componet of the meeting, with the appropriation of $625,000 from the city’s stabilization fund for the construction of a new salt shed for the DPW passing with majority support. Councilor Brooks raised concerns about the impact on the stabilization fund, but the importance of the salt shed for public safety during winter was highlighted, leading to the motion’s approval.

The authorization of the FY 2024 Community Development Block Grant mini entitlement plan was also a financial topic. The grant, estimated to be just under a million dollars, is set to support various social service programs and projects in the city. The mayor provided clarification on administrative and delivery costs for the grant, which covers salaries for the Department of Community Development and Planning.

Further discussions included the appointment of Linda Denbeck to the Disability Commission and staffing changes within the city clerk’s office and Human Resources department. The council welcomed new hire JN Kumar to the city clerk’s office and noted the upcoming graduation of Katherine Jablonsky, who will take over a role in the mayor’s office.

The meeting also touched on legislative matters, including a public hearing about the installation of a new pole on Allen Street by National Grid and Verizon New England, with no opposition voiced. The council referred several ordinances related to parking, traffic regulations, and the creation of a new agricultural commission for further study. A motion to send an ordinance related to sports betting to second and final printing was passed, requiring a two-thirds vote.

During the meeting, Councilor Mac mentioned the Gardner High School class of 2024’s efforts to seek sponsors for prom tables, and Councilor Tyros acknowledged Representative Lotnik’s support for a new furniture factory facing zoning challenges. Councilor Heath commended the local emergency services for their lifesaving actions during an incident at a supermarket.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Michael J. Nicholson
City Council Officials:
Elizabeth J. Kazinskas, David R. Thibault-Muñoz, Dana M. Heath, Paul G. Tassone, Karen G. Hardern, Aleksander H. Dernalowicz (Esq.), Calvin D. Brooks, Craig R. Cormier, Brad E. Heglin, Judy A. Mack, George C. Tyros

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