Granby board gives town administrator passing grade; new school committee member appointed; liquor application tabled
GRANBY — The Select Board has deemed that Town Administrator Christopher Martin “meets job standards” in his annual evaluation.
Board members Mark Bail, Mary McDowell and Chairman Louis Barry each ranked Martin in several categories, and their responses were averaged together and presented at Monday’s board meeting. Two out of the three found Martin met job standards, while one member rated him as needing improvement. The board’s report did not specify the members’ ratings. With the three ratings averaged together, Martin received a passing grade.
Martin scored the highest in the area of town finances, but received low ratings in the area of leadership and public relations, according to the board’s written report. He is also described as “very knowledgeable in many areas.”
The board determined that Martin’s public relations skills are weak because of a “lack of adequate support staff” in his office. Martin’s staff consists of a secretary, which means that when she is out of the office, he has to perform secretarial tasks on top of his own responsibilities, the report states.
The board suggests that to improve his relations with the public, Martin could become more involved in presenting Town Meeting articles.
The report notes that Martin often seems overwhelmed with work, and that this impedes his ability to finish projects in a timely manner. However, the report also states that when Martin does complete a project, it is “inevitably well thought out and professional.”
There was no further discussion about the evaluation at the meeting on Monday. The board will discuss goals for Martin at their first meeting in August.
Liquor license debated
In other business, the board deferred voting on an application from CPD Energy Corp. for a liquor license to sell beer and wine at the convenience store the company owns at 30 West State St. The board did not vote on the application because the store would not meet the state standard that a majority of its board of directors must be Massachusetts residents. CPD Energy Corp. is based in New Paltz, N.Y.
The application was also determined to be incomplete because there was no store manager named on it.
Rick Theilig, general manager of CPD, presented the company’s application.
Residents who attended the hearing expressed discontent with the idea of having another liquor store in the proposed area.
Jill Johnson, president and owner of Granby Liquor Store at 60 West State St., collected around 200 signatures from her customers, with the majority stating that they did not feel they needed more beer and wine available, she said. She presented this petition to the board on Monday.
Johnson said she can see the sign for the BP gas station attached to the convenience store from her business’s driveway.
“I don’t think (there is) a need for more beer and wine a stone’s throw away from where I’m selling it,” Johnson said.
Police Chief Alan Wishart said the police station currently has a working relationship with all of the liquor stores in town, and said the blending of a convenience and liquor store could add obstacles to law enforcement.
New school board member appointed
The board also approved the appointment of a new school committee member. Katie Moriarty is replacing Dawn Cooke, who resigned in June. Moriarty has children who attend Granby schools, and will be the only female member of the committee.