Scituate Town Council, police retirees to consider pension reform options

Scituate Town Council, police retirees to consider pension reform options

SCITUATE - The Town Council will hold a work session with Police Department retirees to discuss the various plans under consideration for pension reform, including proposals to suspend or reduce cost of living adjustments, or COLAs.

No date was set for the work session, which was approved by unanimous vote at the Sept. 12 council meeting. Police Department employees are the only town employees with a town-administered pension plan; others are in the state system.

The Angell Pension Group Inc., the East Providence firm in charge of the pension plan for the town, will be asked to provide input.

Options under consideration include: reducing the annual cost-of-living raises for future police retirees from 3 percent to 2 percent non-compounded; and suspending the COLAs for current retirees for a number of years, either five, seven or 10, according to comments council members made at the meeting.

In other matters, the council:

* Heard from Public Works Director Robert Dexter that the gazebo at the Village Green has been re-painted and a new roof installed in preparation for the arts festival next month;

* Heard from Dexter that an auction of used municipal vehicles will be held Sept. 30 at the public works headquarters, Lincoln Circle, "so if anyone is looking for an antique vehicle or a fire truck, come on down, we're open for business," he said;

* Learned from Town Clerk Margaret "Peg" Long "with great sorrow" that her deputy Gail Chatfield is resigning and moving to Florida. With more than 14 years in the town clerk's office, Chatfield was "a wonderful employee," Long said, "my right-hand person." Gloria Loyd will be promoted to deputy town clerk and an ad placed in The Valley Breeze & Observer for a clerk to replace Loyd, Long said.

* Authorized the town solicitor to see if concessions can be obtained from New York-based Matthews Buses Co. because, according to D'Agostino and Senior Services Director Judy Loven, a senior citizens' bus promised by Aug. 28 is not ready yet.

A state grant with matching town funds will pay the estimated $47,000 cost of the bus, which is handicapped accessible, Loven said. "We are in need of it and I am not happy," she told the council. The town already has one bus and one van in its fleet of senior-citizen vehicles.