Town Looking To Fill Position on Finance Committee

By Adam Swift

The town is seeking a new member for its Citizens Finance Committee after a long-time member has stepped down.

“Jan Twombly has been a member of that committee for over a decade and has provided so much to that committee, from her professionalism, her ability to listen to both sides of an issue and just come up with the right suggestion,” said Town Council President James Letterie. “Her unique financial skill set has just been so admired by everyone on that committee, and I thank her for her time.”

Letterie said Twombly’s work schedule has made it next to impossible for her to continue on the finance committee, so she will be stepping down.

“She will be sorely missed, but we are looking for someone on the Citizens Finance Committee,” said Letterie.

In other business, the council approved the reappointment of Paul Flanagan to the MWRA Board of Directors for the town for a term that runs through Feb. 15, 2027.

Town Manager Tony Marino is also looking for additional feedback from the Town Council on a new trash ordinance before the council takes a vote on it.

Council Vice President Stephen Ruggeiro said the new ordinance seeks to make sure there are rules in place that can be enforced by the town so that everyone in Winthrop is following the same set of rules for the disposal of trash.

The ordinance also establishes an enterprise fund so that the trash program is funded through the money it brings in, much like the town’s existing enterprise funds for water, the hockey rink, and parks and recreation.

Ruggeiro said the ordinance will be discussed in more depth at a future meeting.

Council President James Letterie said he still has questions about the financial aspect of the ordinance that he would like to see answered.

“I want to make sure we are aligned with what the end goals are and why we think it is right for the town,” he said.

Letterie said the discussion over the trash ordinance will be kept on the council agenda, and that implementation of the new ordinance should move ahead quickly when and if it is approved.

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