Town Council President Thomas Reilly will call the final council meeting of the year to order Tuesday at 7 p.m. inside the Joseph Harvey Room at Town Hall.
The meeting will be Reillyâ€™s last as council president. Reilly decided not to seek re-election to the position he has held for the past four years. Jeffrey Turco, who was elected council president by the voters in November, will be inaugurated in a ceremony on January 4.
Reilly said an item on the agenda at the final meeting will be the tax classification of residential and business properties.
â€œWe have to take a vote every year on whether or not to tax different properties (residential and commercial) differently,â€ said Reilly. â€œYou have the option of setting a higher tax rate for commercial properties, for instance. Weâ€™ve voted not to do that because of the small amount of commercial property that we have in the town.â€
Town Councillor Richard Gill and Councillor-at-Large Joseph Ferrino are also stepping down from the council. One would expect that the remaining councillors, Councillor-at-Large Phil Boncore and Councillors Nicholas DelVento, James Letterie, Russell Sanford, Linda Calla, and Jeanne Maggio will pay tribute to the three members who are leaving the council.
â€œI may say a few words â€“ I canâ€™t imagine hitting the gavel and not saying something,â€ said Reilly, when asked if heâ€™ll make a farewell address at the close of Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. â€œI expect Councillor Gill and Councillor-at-Large Ferrino may want to say a few things as well.â€
Reilly has been involved in town government for 40 years, beginning as a Town Meeting member. He served on the Board of Selectmen from 1975 to 1981 and represented the town as a member of the MWRA Board of Directors. He also served on other town boards.
Reilly said he and Turco have met several times in order to insure a smooth transition when the new president assumes the reins of the council.