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Barre MA 2012 Annual Report: Amidst Criminal Investigation

Barre MA 2012 Annual Report: Amidst Criminal Investigation

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Wonderland's 2012 annual town report. There's so much to see - if you've been paying attention Outsiders.


So connect the countless dots if you can...
Here's one starting point - p. 122. The announced end of the landfill tipping fee as of July 1, 2013.
Wonderland's 2012 annual town report. There's so much to see - if you've been paying attention Outsiders.


So connect the countless dots if you can...
Here's one starting point - p. 122. The announced end of the landfill tipping fee as of July 1, 2013.

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Annual Official Reports For the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2012 
 
TOWN OF BARRE MASSACHUSETTS 
 
 
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TOWN OF BARRE MASSACHUSETTS 
 
Annual Official Reports For the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2012 
 
 
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DEDICATION
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he Town of Barre, with heartfelt gratitude for their dedication, service, and professionalism, thanks the Barre
Dispatchers for 56+ years of working with the police, fire, ambulance, EMT’s, and highway departments, and assisting
the thousands of people over the years who have needed help at the police station dispatch window.
In the 1950’s the Fire Chief had a “red” phone at his home, and in 1958 the fire radio system was installed andoperating 24 hours a day. In September of 1958 State Mutual Aid first came about. By the 1960’s there were “red”/fireand “blue”/police phones. Police radio equipment was installed at a cost of $499.00. Radio alert receivers were placed ineach firefighter’s home, with monies raised in part by auxiliaries and members. Using this method of sounding alarmsand notifying members of emergencies worked well. In 1971 the “red” and “blue” phones were combined. Jean Dorsey,
Barbara Potter and Stella Crawford became the dispatchers, and a certificate of appreciation for 25 years of servicerendered was given to Paul Stevens by the police department. The next year the police department provided 24 hour  police protection for the first time using EEA (Emergency Employment Act) funds.In 1985 the Fair Labor Standards Act was implemented, stating that time worked over 40 hours needed to be paid at time-and-a-half. Selectmen formed a study committee consisting of Fire Chief Clark, Police Chief Ryder, RescueSquad Strauss, Personnel Chair March, and Commissioner Rich to ascertain the costs of a central dispatch at the HWB.By 1886, gradually, Central Dispatch was beginning to operate in the Henry Woods Building. In 1993 the MA StatePolice offered to provide free police, and fire dispatching at the New Braintree Training Academy for 5 years, but theywould not dispatch for highway or sewer. At the annual town meeting Police Chief Ryder asked for a straw voteconcerning moving dispatch to New Braintree. It was agreed overwhelmingly to stay local.Beginning in 2009 a MA taskforce study was completed concerning the regionalization of dispatching, in lightof the fact that in July 2012 the state would begin an EMD, emergency medical dispatching, system. In addition to thisthe FCC was going to finalize a narrowbanding system for radios as of January 1, 2013. Monies would be coming fromthe state and federal government for these implementations, and Barre began discussions with Rutland and Worcester.The next three years covered numerous meetings with state and local officials. Townspeople were continually updated by newspaper, local TV, and town meeting discussions. It was one of the hardest decisions that the town had to make indecades; but a decision was made, and as of July 1, 2012 Barre became a part of the Rutland Dispatch system.Our local, hands-
on group of dispatchers knew everyone, where they lived, and what their needs were. Barre’s
dispatchers were professional, quick to lend a hand and offer advice. When a crisis arose, they would arrive at the
dispatch center ready to assist when police, fire, EMT’s, and highway were all sending out orders. There is no way that
the town of Barre can thank you enough for all your years of kindness and service, but please know that we do THANK YOU.We offer a heartfelt tribute to four individuals who have served Barre for more than 20 years. They were
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a part of the fabric of what makes this community so special.Kathleen Howard 1980-2012 32 yearsPat Sibley 1973-2001 28 yearsAmy Reed 1988-2012 24 years

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