A look back at stories that made headlines this week in The Sandwich Enterprise:

20 Years Ago...

Dunham Points Out Weaknesses In Charter

This week, Town Administrator George H. Dunham mailed an eight page letter to the chairman of the Charter Review Committee.

The bulk of Mr. Dunham’s comments centered on proposed changes to his own job.

Mr. Dunham disagreed with the charter committee’s idea of requiring, without exception, the administrator to live within the town.

Mr. Dunham said he feels the portion of the charter that gives the administrator authority to appoint, discipline and dismiss town employees needs to be further strengthened to include all department heads and Civil Service employees.

He said if the committee decides to limit the administrator’s personnel authority, it must be careful to clarify the precise authority of the administrator versus the authority of selectmen.

Mr. Dunham said he believes the administrator should be given the power to execute all procurement contracts and transfer funds between non-school department budget accounts.

In other matters, Mr. Dunham stated he does not support the concept of a Public Facilities Department to oversee the upkeep and repair of all town-owed buildings and properties. Mr. Dunham also recommended the charter convert the Town Clerk and Town Tax Collector from elected to appointed positions.

10 Years Ago...

New Library Director OK’d

Selectmen voted unanimously last week to approve the library board of trustees’ recommendation to hire Joanne L. Lamothe as director of the Sandwich Public Library. Richard J. Connor, who served as the Sandwich library director for 33 years, retired earlier this month. Ms. Lamothe is currently the director of the Weymouth Public Library, where she leads a staff of 27 people and manages a main library and three branches. Prior to her tenure with Weymouth, Ms. Lamothe served as director of the Duxbury Free Library, where she was responsible for the planning and implementation of a new library in that town. Ms. Lamothe holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Rhode Island. She is expected to begin working in Sandwich the third week in July.

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