Tuesday, February 26, 2013
IPR is out and WM is in; there will be no changes in recycling procedures for residents.
- Jay Oza
Tuesday, February 26
The Town of Chelmsford will put its recycling duties into the hands of Waste Management beginning on July 1. No recycling procedures will change for residents. The Board of Selectmen voted last night to discontinue service with recycling contractor IPR prior to the March 1 contract extension/termination deadline. Town of Chelmsford Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator Nick Parlee received two unsolicited bids from Waste Management, each coming in at a significantly cheaper rate than Allied Waste, who also put in a bid. Allied Waste currently resides over Chelmsford’s solid waste pickup. That could all change come 2015 when their contract runs out at the same time as the new contract with Waste Management. “I think they’re looking to make …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Town Manager Paul Cohen said he disagreed with the measure at this time.
Selectmen last night gave Town Manager Paul Cohen high marks on his performance evaluation, and after much discussion, decided to set a goal for him to hire an assistant town manager this year. Cohen disagreed with the goal, saying now is not the time to hire an assistant manager, saying he'd rather spend $80,000 to put more police officers on the street. But Board of Selectmen Chairman Jon Kurland argued an assistant town manager will free up more of Cohen's time so he can do more strategic planning, while the assistant could do more tactical problem solving and grant writing to save the town money. "It struck us, in the event something unforeseen happens or if he is absent for any serious length of time, we are not really prepared to …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Board of Selectmen voted to hire a new building inspector on Monday.
The Board of Selectmen Monday night voted unanimously to confirm Chelmsford's newest hire. Mark Dupell will begin his job as building commissioner on July 13. Dupell, of Pepperell, was one of about 20 candidates that applied for the role, according to Town Manager Paul Cohen. "He was the most qualified and fortunately we had a number of qualified applicants," Cohen said. "He stood out the best amongst them." Cohen said that Dupell was chosen for the job because he had direct experience with zoning enforcement and is certified to be a building commissioner. He previously served as Tyngsboro's building commissioner for nine years, according to Cohen. "What we believe is that this is going to really be a step up for us," Cohen said. …
Friday, April 22, 2011
The judge today decided the 14-day window for Roland Van Liew to collect signatures from 10 percent of the town's voters will start today.
A Middlesex Superior Court Judge this afternoon ruled that the 14-day window for Roland Van Liew to collect signatures from 10 percent of the town's voters will start today. Van Liew is trying to recall four selectmen. Richard McClure, Van Liew's attorney, brought the case to court in an effort to seek an injunction on the grounds that the 14-day time period should start when the lead petitioner receives the blank petitions on which to collect signatures, and not when the initial 25 signatures to start the recall process were turned in, which was Tuesday. "(The judge) reset the clock today," said Town Manager Paul Cohen. "He also determined the town clerk’s preparation of recall blanks met the requirements for delivery, so she doesn’t have…
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Town Manager Paul Cohen visits two of Chelmsford's municipal departments to get a firsthand experience.
- B Schill
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
It is unclear whether Chelmsford Town Manager Paul Cohen took cues from the hit show Undercover Boss, but nonetheless, he managed to pull off a worthy impression. Cohen accepted the challenge to visit town departments incognito for a rebate of $3,000 from the town's insurer. The undercover requirement of the test was eventually waived, however, because Cohen conceded he probably wouldn't be very successful undercover. "Certainly everybody knew who I was, so I couldn't do it in terms of anonymity," Cohen said. "What it (did) was is it put me out in the field in operation for the whole day, to experience firsthand what it was." Cohen didn't want to visit departments or divisions with which he was overly familiar, and was unsure which …