The Randolph Town Council has decided in a split vote not to give its members a $5,000 stipend, ending any chance of a stipend being consdered this year.
While a majority of the council said they want the matter to go before voters as a ballot question, the turn-around time is too tight for the November ballot, according to Town Clerk Brian Howard.
Councilor Arthur G. Goldstein was in favor of a stipend, pointing out that members of the former board of selectmen did receive a stipend and were also eligible for insurance benefits. The proposal before the council that was defeated 2-6 on Aug. 21 would not have included the insurance benefits, he said.
Councilor Paul J. Meoni said that board members in similar roles in surrounding communities receive compensation of about $7,800 on average.
Councilors argued that while they are out several evenings each week and some compensation would be helpful, they were uncomfortable granting themselves the pay raise, especially since voters narrowly defeated a similar measure recently.
“I have no problem with this as long as it goes before the voters,” said Councilor William Alexopoulos. “There’s a lot of work that goes into doing this.”Elaine Cushman Carroll can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org