Technology moves fast. The government doesn't.
For Dalton, the technology government uses is behind the times. The Town Hall doesn't have a server to back up files and documents. Town officials are saving things to flash drives and filing paperwork.
For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.
Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.
The city is facing some significant financial challenges in the next few years and the state is helping to overcome the hurdles.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a community compact agreement with the city which will give the city $25,000 to work with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management to develop long-range financial planning.
The town will pursue the state Community Compact Program in hopes of receiving grant funding for its master plan.
Thomas Matusko urged the Selectmen on Tuesday to sign the agreement developed by the Baker administration that allows municipalities to take advantage of state services and assistance to complete agreed-upon best practices.cs