Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Hamden retirement incentives nearing approval
Mayor Scott D. Jackson has informed council members that the town has reached tentative agreements with five unions in connection with the proposed retirement incentive. The unions that represent library employees, dispatchers, supervisors, public works and parks have tentatively signed on. More than 20 employees have said, in writing or orally, that they are interested in retiring, Jackson said.
"Savings from these anticipated retirements achieves approximately $1 million in savings, with additional savings anticipated from individuals waiting to make their decision following (council) action," Jackson said in a letter to the council. "If the savings is not fully realized or exceeded, other staff reduction alternatives would need to be considered to ensure the budget stays solvent." That could mean laying off 45 staff members, including police officers and firefighters. Jackson said he does not want to take that step.
The 2012-13 budget calls for retirement incentive reductions of $1.2 million.
In order to qualify for the incentive, employees must qualify for a normal retirement and must choose between a $10,000 incentive check or buying years of service with their accrued time, the mayor explained.
Jackson's letter to the council indicates that members will meet in executive session Monday night to go over the "best current estimate of operating budget savings based on the individuals from aforementioned five unions that have approved agreements and have either submitted or expressed serious interest in the program."
The names of potential retirees will not be released right now; employees have until Tuesday to submit their intentions to retire.
He also is not releasing the document because it is a draft, and because the numbers are not finalized because the town hall employees' union has not acted on the retirement package. The union is meeting to do so on Wednesday, according to spokesman Larry Dorman.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
DizzyFish opening for Chuck Negron in Hamden Friday night
Matthew Jacques fundraiser is Sunday
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Monday, July 23, 2012
Hamden Principal Bergin takes job in Orange
Bergin's last day was July 12, according to school board Chairman Michael C. D'Agostino, who said the board will start to find someone to replace Bergin.
Superintendent of Schools Frances M. Rabinowitz said interviewing is taking place among internal and external candidates and that there will be a replacement before the start of school.
"I think Steve was an excellent principal and did a very impressive job of moving Dunbar Hill forward. Test scores significantly improved," she said, over the five years Bergin was principal. "He built a great team and Dunbar Hill staff will really miss him."
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Kerzner proposed for North Haven school board
Matthew Kerzner, a North Haven resident since 2001, has been recommended by the Republican Town Committee. The Board of Selectmen must act on his appointment before he sits on the board.
Kerzner was introduced to the Board of Education last week by Chairwoman Anita Anderson, who had worked briefly with Kerzner at Chemwerth Inc. She recently took a position with a different company.
"I've known Matt for quite a while and he will be a great asset to the board," she said.
Kerzner is director of human resources at the Woodbridge company. He brings to the board experience in personnel and union relations.
Kerzner replaces Republican Bert Mozealous, who moved out of North Haven.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Hamden Farmer's Market additions
Jackson said that this year's Hamden Farmer's Market is the largest and most unique. It offers many lunch options, all natural and recycled products and information stands, in addition to the usual farmers and fresh produce. The market also has free arts and crafts for children provided by Hamden Youth Services, and free children's books provided by Experience Corp.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hamden-North Haven League of Women Voters holding 91st District primary debate
Hamden lowers flags at half-staff for Borgnine
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Len and Dave at North Haven Senior Center on Tuesday
Tuesday, July 3, 2012