Select Board and Town Manager to Set Priorities for the Coming Year at Monday Meeting

The Select Board and town manager are scheduled to convene Monday for their annual fiscal year goal-setting exercise.

The meeting is posted for 4 p.m. in the library at Middlesex Community College, 591 Springs Road, as the practice for many years has been to change the usual environment and foster a retreat atmosphere.

Previous goal-setting meetings have addressed new and continuing projects and programs grouped under major categories, such as transportation, infrastructure, financial, organizational capacity, community improvements, and bylaws and regulations.

Town Manager Sarah Stanton, her staff, and members of the Select Board are expected to review the details of each item, and then prioritize within their respective categories through a comparison technique called “pairwise.”

The discussion can take several hours, with participants weighing variables like urgency, availability of state or federal funding, departmental needs, and the demands on staff time. Goals can include internal personnel management improvements.

Some lower-ranked projects are new ideas or idealizations, but others work their way to the top, and can even be addressed soon if the higher priorities are completed. For example, four years ago the community improvement proposal at the bottom of the list was the Bedford Cultural District – which was formally approved by state officials in 2021.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at, or 781-983-1763

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