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    Randolph councilors won’t get stipend this year

    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.

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    Councilor Paul J. Meoni said that board members in similar roles in surrounding communities receive compensation of about $7,800 on average.

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    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 elaine_carroll@msn.com