March 6 2017

Selectmen Discuss Warrant Article After Building Inspector Announces Retirement

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Selectmen are considering a warrant article to fund a temporary two-year position in the Building Department to catch up with a backlog of work and to prepare for the retirement of the department head.


During the meeting last Monday, Burlington Building Inspector John Clancy announced that he will retire in 2019. This will mark a big change in a very busy department and to help make up for the disruption Town Administrator John Petrin suggested the board put forward a warrant article for $130,000 to add a full time employee for two years. This would give the department six employees until 2019.


“We’ve been having a discussion on how to keep the department going without adding a full-time position,” Petrin said.


He said adding a permanent full-time position to the department has been discussed but there are currently no plans to seek one.  


“My concern is if the boom ends we’ll have an extra person,” Petron said. “So this warrant article would be for only two years.


The plan is that after Clancy retires that new employee will stay on and the department will be back to five employees. The new employee will not necessarily be the one to replace Clancy, that decision will be made at a later date.


Petrin said this will also help the department catch up on a backlog of work. As the commercial section of Burlington has grown in the past years the volume of inspections and permits the department handles has risen sharply.


The two years with an extra person on the staff will also provide time to train the new employee as there are a lot of things to learn about working in the building department.


Members of the Board of Selectmen thanked Clancy for his work as the department head and praised how he and the department have handled the increased workload as the town has grown. In 2019 Clancy will have 32 years with the town.


“I want to thank you for what you’ve done for this town,” Selectman Joe Morandi said. “It’s going to be hard to replace you.”


Clancy said he appreciates the support the board and the town have shown over the years.


“I want to give my sincere thanks,” he said. “You have been so supportive over the years and I really appreciate it. Not only you but also your staff, they’ve done mountains of work over the years.”


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