Vol. IV No. 8 4/15/2023
Key Takeaways from the Council on Aging (COA) April 12
This was a working session. In the first hour, new director Roxanne McCaffrey reported on programing, grant availability and general housekeeping (for example, moving her office, hanging an information board etc.)
Highlights: The grant available is for equipment — computers and accessories — to promote "computer literacy" among seniors. Another highlight was the possibility of a senior trip (possibly a cruise) and possible bus trips organized by Nancy Wilcox.
One Council member said she sees Roxanne is running for SB and asked McCaffrey could she hold both jobs if she wins? McCaffrey said she thought she could keep both but learned she could not.
When asked which she might choose? She said she would choose SB and drop COA.
Chair asked if it would be possible for her to drop COA now and not leave it "in limbo".
McCaffrey said COA was not in limbo.
Chair said what she meant was — there were two other applicants that might still be available instead of waiting to see what happens next month and having to begin the hiring process all over.
McCaffrey said, "I'm excusing myself from this. I am not going to be subjected to this."
She left and the Chair expressed her regret calling it "unfortunate".
The meeting continued with a few other housekeeping issues. One Council member asked the Town administrator what the procedure was for going into executive session so the COA could frankly discuss their feelings about the employment situation. It appeared TA dissuaded them but if he gave a reason, it was inaudible.
Photo: Jay Rhind