Panel Aims to Place Strengthened Focus on Capital Planning Efforts
DIGHTON — Town Administrator Michael Mullen is pleased to announce that a stronger town-wide focus on planning and scheduling short and long-term capital needs in Dighton is being put front and center.
The town’s newly re-established Capital Outlay Committee recently held its kick-off meeting after being revitalized by residents at Dighton’s last Annual Town Meeting. The Committee brings together experience from the town’s Finance Committee, residents and town Department Heads to analyze and recommend capital expenditure needs to Dighton residents.
“We’re excited to kick-off our efforts and create a capital planning process that reflects the needs of the entire Dighton community,” said Town Administrator Mullen. “Dighton has a strong record of diligent fiscal planning, and the work of the Capital Outlay Committee will only strengthen these efforts.”
The Capital Outlay Committee, during its April 28 meeting, discussed its task of studying proposed capital investments, projects and improvements involving recurring and non-recurring funding streams. The Committee will be charged with making capital funding recommendations at future Town Meetings.
The Committee currently consists of Town Administrator Mullen, Finance Committee member Robert Rendon, Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School Committee member Tom O’Connor, Treasurer/Collector Mary Hathaway, and Town Accountant Chris Laviolette. Board of Selectman Chair Kenneth Pacheco serves as the Board’s liaison to the Committee. Two at-large Dighton residents will also be appointed.
The Capital Outlay Committee plans to meet on a bi-monthly basis with supplemental meetings hosted throughout the months of January to February to plan for the Annual Town Meeting and warrants.
The Committee plans to meet next on Thursday, June 24 at 3 p.m. when it will elect its chair.