BUCKFIELD — Selectmen voted 2-1 Tuesday night to approve a three-year contract for Town Manager Cynthia Dunn.

The decision followed an executive session voting for the contract in which Selectmen Warren Wright and Cheryl Coffman voted in favor.

Selectman Martha Catevenis said after the meeting that she voted against the contract because she felt it should not include the town clerk’s duties.

“I am pleased with Cindy’s work, and I like her very much,” she said. “I just felt there was too much work with her clerk job and the town manager. I think some of the clerk work should be given to the deputy clerk.”

The contract runs from March 18, 2014, to June 30, 2017. The salary is $60,000 annually.

Dunn was named interim town manager Feb. 1 to replace Dana Lee, who resigned to take the same position in Eliot. She was named town manager March 4.

Employed with Buckfield since 1983, Dunn first worked as a clerk before she was hired as town manager in the 1990s, a position she held for a decade, which also combined the clerk’s and town manager’s role.

She stepped down as town manager in 2001 to again become clerk. 

Dunn is the third town manager in three years, following Lee and Glen Holmes.

In other business Tuesday, the board discussed a volunteer policy that stated the town is not liable for any injury suffered due to the volunteer’s work. A decision was tabled until Dunn could bring in samples of other towns’ volunteer policy.

The petition on withdrawing from Regional School Unit 10 was also tabled until the Withdrawal Committee meets Wednesday night.

The Boston Post cane will be awarded to the town’s oldest resident, Madeline Brown, 95, on Saturday, March 22.

There will be an RSU 10 budget hearing April 1 at the Hartford-Sumner Elementary School.

Dunn confirmed that Sumner and Buckfield members of the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the Municipal Center.

Nomination papers will be available Thursday, March 20, at the Town Office for one selectman, one assessor and one RSU 10 director, all for three years.

Candidates must return papers by Tuesday, April 29, for their names to be on the June 10 ballot.


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