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First Selectman Declines Salary Increase (with update)

Instead, his wish it to give the amount, $2,400, to the town's Social Services Department

At the November 30 Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Willie Fritz announced that he would not be taking a dedicated $2,400 raise in his salary that would have been effective this month.

Instead, he explained that he'd like to see the full amount go to the town's Social Services Department so they can use the money to hire a part-time worker.

He said he'd like to propose a part-time worker be hired at $12 an hour for 10 hours a week to help the coordinator, Cheryl Church, get through the town's fuel assistance program period.

The town's Social Services Department, located across the street from town hall in the Academy Building, provides a variety of services to those in need including assistance with Medicaid, healthcare, Veterans benefits, and more.

They processed more than 500 applications last year for fuel assistance. 

The request was approved by the Board of Selectmen in a vote of four to one (Dolly Mezzetti opposed).

The item transfer was forwarded to the Board of Finance.

Update as of Dec. 7 - In this morning's Board of Selectmen's meeting, Selectman Dolly Mezzetti made a motion to not accept the full salary increase transfer of the first selectman and instead proposed the following: to take half of her $3,000 yearly stipend ($1,500) and $900 of the first selectman's salary increase and send that amount, $2,400, to the Social Services Department.  The motion was not seconded, thus it did not proceed.

CathyFisherWarren December 07, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Willie rocks!
Robyn Butler December 07, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Oh gee, how nice of him. Maybe he learned from the backlash of the salary raise the Superintendent had received when they were doing budget cuts in the schools. And someone actually opposed this proposal Willie had?
Susan Lynn BickslerTsoukalas December 07, 2011 at 12:47 PM
How nice. After the Hurricane Irene clean-up fiasco and other issues he should take a pay cut. I know not everyone has an issue with Mr. Fritz but those of us that do have a voice too. Just saying.
Donna Marcinek December 07, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Willie does indeed rock. I was taught that when someone does something nice you say "Thank You". Thank you Willie. And Willie and the town crew and volunteers did a heck of a job following Hurricane Irene. Thanks for that effort too.
Jane Scully Welch December 07, 2011 at 01:41 PM
I do know that Social Services could use extra help...Mrs Church is really swamped...there are so many in Town who truly need the help...let us concentrate on their needs instead of our inherent need to complain...it is the Holiday season and it is so much better to give than receive.
Shauna Kelly December 07, 2011 at 02:47 PM
There was a hurricane Irene cleanup fiasco? I must have missed that. Here I've been thinking that the fire dept., police dept, dpw, and Willie Fritz himself, worked hard those couple of weeks after the storm.
Steve Bristol December 07, 2011 at 03:07 PM
Robyn, Mrs. Mezzetti 'opposed' because she wants 1/2 of her $3000 BOS stipend to go to this and reduce WF's share to $900. Mrs. Mezzetti's official motion to do just that was turned down at today's BOS meeting.
Mark December 07, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Noble action for sure and thank you. But for the rest of us who have not been receiving pay raises due to the economy, I don't understand why the Town of Clinton continues to offer raises. The public is encumbered with steady tax increases and reduced services (i.e. transfer station hours and the public library). We need to cut back. The act would have been nobler if the money was just turned down.
Jane Scully Welch December 07, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Dolly Rocks too!
Stephen King December 07, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Noble gesture but, I can't help think this move is intended to butter us up for what's coming down the road. i.e. costly high school referendum.
M Stillman December 07, 2011 at 07:30 PM
What an absolute bunch of ungrateful S.O.B.'s. Willie, among other people, is fully entitled to a raise. This year he has worked his rear off on emergency issues related to two storms, among other things. But, because they didn't get raises in their jobs, they think Willie shouldn't either. Shame on you. You should acknowledge the gesture, particularly in light his extraordinary efforts this year. This just shows you how irresponsible some of these posts are...
Stephen King December 07, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Relax Stillman. I believe all of the town employees worked their rears off during the storms. Let's not forget the town municipal employees also volunteered concessions in recent budgets. Where's your gesture there?
Susan Lynn BickslerTsoukalas December 07, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Maybe on some streets but on the street I live on,we ended up cleaning up our own fallen limbs,brush etc. So therefore we have a right to be upset and not so grateful. I am more than willing to give credit where credit is due,so all my thanks goes to my husband and neighbors who tirelessly worked to clear the brush,including the neighbor that had a heart attack a couple of weeks prior to the storm. Enough said.
Mark December 07, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Take it easy. No reason to start name calling. Maybe we're all entitled to a raise, but at what cost. The town's people's incomes go down, while the town employee's incomes go up and we have reduced services on top of that. I can't even get a return email or phone call from the town regarding several of my inquiries. Though Melanie Yanus in the tax department "Rocks!!"
Ted06413 December 07, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Clemson King/Steven Tiger, Is everything Mr.Fritz does somehow a conspiracy ? Your act has become as boring as it is pathetic. Put some long pants on an act like an adult.
Jonathan Sanders December 07, 2011 at 11:20 PM
This is what you are calling the "Hurricane Irene cleanup fiasco"? Did you call the town and let them know that nobody came by to pick up your brush? If not, then shame on you.
Jonathan Sanders December 07, 2011 at 11:24 PM
Oh yeah I am sure that is why he did it. Boy that Willie is smart. Refuse a raise of $2400 and get a $50million high school passed. We don't even need to vote. Done deal!!
Stephen King December 07, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Perhaps Teddy. But when I see better fiscal ideology and town priorities, I'll be sure to sing to the heavens as well.
Susan Lynn BickslerTsoukalas December 08, 2011 at 09:31 AM
Yes people on our street called repeatedly until we had to take action ourselves,so this is all I am going to say on the subject. Thank you.
Donna Marcinek December 09, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Susan...maybe the experience of sharing a tough time together and working together was a good thing
Bradford J. Sullivan December 10, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Multi-year union contracts usually require salary increases. Please expound on your idea to "cut back?" Where? What departments? How much?
Mark December 11, 2011 at 02:29 AM
In response to Mr. Sullivan's comment and questions, I believe I have reason to be concern given the tax increases that I personally have had to endure. Most of us have limited income which we must live within. It seems that the town does not, based on these annual increases. Are the selectman and other elected officials union? I am interested in learning more about the current and past budgets, however, the finance department has not responded to my inquire. Is this information available on the town web site?
Bradford J. Sullivan December 11, 2011 at 09:23 PM
I have requested an update from the selectmen about the web site and inquired as to whether the new site will include financial information. I know the proposed budget is on the current site. As far as previous years' budgets, I suggest going to town hall and requesting copies of past town reports and audits. There are administrative unions on the town side but I don't think the 1st Selectman is a member of a union.
Steve Bristol December 12, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Ted06413, Some time ago, I completely ID'd myself....and part of that was to inform you that I am NOT Mr. King--who I have heard speak at Town Meetings. Further, what I posted above was pure fact, with no opinion whatsoever, as I was one of the handful attending the BOS meeting. It was subsequently confirmed by Mrs. Abrahamsson. Come after ME if you want but please leave Mr. King alone. I don't speak for him and vice versa.
Glenn Coffin December 12, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Must have missed that fiasco...please educate us.

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