The Town of Mashpee 2013 Annual Report is now available, and the 156-page book provides vital information about the town’s operations, as well as detailed reports from its boards and committees.
For many residents, though, the report is a treasure trove of Mashpee statistics and trivia-ready facts about the town during the past year—ranging from employee salaries to the winner of the middle school spelling bee—that it puts on the record.
Work on the annual report begins in January in order to ensure that it is completed and published in time for May Town Meeting. Mashpee Assistant Town Manager Thomas J. Mayo managed the project this year, and the theme of the report focuses on the volunteer efforts of town employees during 2013.
One of the more popular sections of the report is the list of town and school employee salaries.
In 2013, 32 town employees received salaries of more than $100,000.
Topping the list was former Mashpee Fire Chief George W. Baker Jr., who received a salary of $177,057.53. Town Manager Joyce M. Mason was only the fourth highest paid town employee, receiving $138,402.02.
Of the 32 members of the “Mashpee Six Figure Club,” 12 were from the school department, including two superintendents—Brian A. Hyde and Ann M. Bradshaw, 11 were from the police department, although Chief Rodney C. Collins was only the fourth-highest paid member of the force, and seven were from the fire department. The remaining two were Ms. Mason and Mashpee Department of Public Works Director Catherine E. Laurent.
There were also several married couples, with each spouse receiving a paycheck from the town in 2013.
They include Town Accountant Dawn Thayer and husband Richard, a lieutenant in the fire department, who took home a combined $198,746.39; Mashpee Fire Department Deputy Chief John Phelan, and wife Darlene of the school superintendent’s office, collected a dual income of $187,645.22 from the town; Mashpee Police Captain Scott W. Carline, and wife Tara, who also works for the police department, received $124,203.57 in town paychecks; Treasurer Craig F. Mayen and wife Mairead, a teacher at the Quashnet School, collectively made $121,397.73 in town salaries; Quashnet School teacher Mary Stickley, and husband Gustav, who also works for the school department, collectively earned $117,150.59 from the town; and, Town Clerk Deborah F. Dami, and husband John of the police department, brought in a combined $81,610.94 from the town in 2013.
Here are some other interesting facts and statistics for the Town of Mashpee for 2013:
• There were 89 births, but almost twice as many people, 171, died.
• During the year, 76 marriage ceremonies were held in town.
• There were 35 new single family homes built.
• The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority provided 40,423 one-way passenger trips to and from Mashpee, and 54 one-way trips to and from hospitals in Boston.
• The Mashpee Fire and Rescue Department responded to 3,289 emergencies, an increase of 10.9 percent over calendar year 2012.
• The Mashpee Police Department processed 32,167 calls for service, and made 6,630 motor vehicle stops.
• The Mashpee Housing Authority closed the year with a wait list of 201 residents and families for its properties at Homeyer Village, Breezy Acres, and Asher’s Path.
• The Mashpee Public Library reported a total circulation of 201,528 for materials checked out of the building.
• At the town’s transfer station, 227 tires, 547 mattresses, and 120 car batteries were collected.
• Mashpee High School graduated 113 seniors at its 14th commencement ceremony.
For those who were wondering, the winner of the Mashpee Middle School spelling bee in 2013 was Rebecca Gutman.
Copies of the Town of Mashpee 2013 Annual Report are now available at Mashpee Town Hall, the public library, and the council on aging.