Groton town manager’s contract extended

January 3, 2019

Groton — The Town Council has approved adding another year to Town Manager John Burt’s contract, following a recent positive performance evaluation of him.

The Town Council voted Wednesday to give the town mayor the go-ahead to sign an updated contract with Burt that extends his employment term — it had been set to end July 4, 2023 — to July 4, 2024. It also provides for a 5 percent increase to his current salary of 5,000 annually for the deferred compensation plan or 529 plan of his choice, according to the resolution approved by the council.

The resolution noted Burt’s contributions “in the process to secure approvals for the location and building of the schools as part of the Groton 2020 Plan” and his “cost saving measures within the Town Manager’s budget, including elimination of a full-time position.”

The contract will be effective Dec. 30, 2018, and the changes will be paid for through the existing budget for the rest of Fiscal Year 2019, the resolution states.

Burt on Thursday shared his plans and goals for the upcoming year. “My priorities for the next year are to continue working on development of the Town’s unused properties; work with our Economic Development Commission to increase outreach to existing businesses; continue to look for cost saving ideas for the Town’s budget with a focus on regional cost-sharing opportunities; analyzing all of our departments for operational opportunities for improvement; and increasing our tax base to help keep our tax rate as low as possible,” he said by email.

Burt, the former county administrator for Otsego, Mich., became Groton’s town manager in July 2017.

“I’ve enjoyed buying a home in Groton and becoming part of the community,” Burt said of his time in Groton so far. “Groton has a lot going for it but with enough challenges to keep me busy and engaged.”


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