August 4, 2016 - OPEB reform plan will remain in effect. Board of Selectmen issued the following public statement.
"After consultation with counsel, we have concluded that the moratorium on changing retiree premiums in G.L. c. 32B, sec 22(e), which the Legislature has again just extended to July 1, 2018, does not apply to the Town. The Town completed all actions under sec. 22 and sec. 9E while the moratorium date in effect was July 1, 2016. In addition, the moratorium has always applied only to "the first time" that the Town implements plan design changes under the Municipal Health Reform Law in sec. 21-23. The Town went in "the first time" in 2012 and the moratorium (which at the time was July 1, 2014) applied. The Town came out of secs. 21-23 in 2015 and now has gone back in. This, therefore, is "the second time" and not the "first time" that the Town has implemented plan design changes under the law. We believe that a court should apply the plain English used in the statute."
Andover Youth Center Andover residents contributed $2.7 million toward the recently opened Cormier Youth Center and many are asking when it will be open to the public. I asked AYS Director Bill Fahey about this at a budget meeting in February. The story appears in this week's Andover Townsman and the video clip is below.