Pembroke voters approved the hiring of two new police officers and funded a recently negotiated firefighters’ union contract in two of the actions taken at the annual fall special Town Meeting.
Funding for the new officers was included in this year’s budget, but a Town Meeting vote was required to approve the hiring, according to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne.
As a result of the Oct. 24 Town Meeting action, Adam Barrows and Marybeth Simmons, who had been permanent intermittent, or part-time, officers for the town, were hired to fill the two new full-time positions.
The meeting appropriated $173,000 to fund the firefighters’ contract, which provides union members with a 2 percent raise in each of the two years of the agreement, fiscal 2017 and 2018.
In some of its other actions, the meeting appropriated funds for various equipment, vehicle, building, and technology needs, with the largest item being $150,000 to acquire a software package for the general government and school accounting functions.
It also defeated a proposal requiring that the Board of Selectmen be notified of any planned event in town that might have an impact on vehicular traffic or pedestrians. The measure was a revised version of a proposal that was defeated at the annual Town Meeting last spring.John Laidler can be reached at email@example.com.