Selectmen, health board meeting Monday; Planning board cancelled

Abington’s Board of Selectmen and the Board of Health will meet Monday night remotely, while the Planning Board has postponed all its pre-scheduled meetings until June.

The Board of Health will convene at 6 p.m. over the Zoom meeting app. The board’s agenda includes a discussion on the town’s COVID-19 response and questions that have popped up over the past few days. The town’s rabies clinic and compost site is also on the agenda. 

The Board of Selectmen, which will also meet at 6 p.m. via Zoom, will interview Lincoln Heineman, the fourth and final candidate to become the town’s next Town Manager. Abington Community Access & Media will broadcast the meeting live.

Last Monday, the board interviewed Jeremy Caudle, Budget Manager for Mesa County, Colorado; Scott Lambiase, of Whitman, and the Director of Operations for the Town of Duxbury, and Michael Mullen, of Rockland, the County Director in the Norfolk County Commissioner’s Office. Heineman, of Scituate, and the Finance Director for the Town of Hanover, was ill and his interview rescheduled. 

The interviews were broadcast live last Monday, but were not posted online at the request of the Board of Selectmen. 

After the interview, selectmen are expected to discuss the four finalists and possibly vote to extend an offer to one. 

The board will also discuss possibly postponing Town Meeting, which is currently scheduled for May 18, and extending current Town Manager Rick LaFond’s contract, which is scheduled to expire at the end of the month. One possibility selectmen are exploring is having LaFond stay on for up to a couple additional months to help with the transition for his successor, as well as help handle the town’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Planning Board, which normally meets on the first Monday of the month, has postponed both its April and May meetings until June. A special meeting scheduled for May 5th to discuss a proposed housing development on Summer Street next to the commuter rail station, has also been postponed until June 2.