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Mason

Pini to remain administrative assistant, for now

With her sick time and disability cut off, Milkovits lobbies for a part-time return, but Select Board says it would be ‘disruptive’

MASON — The Mason Select Board is declining to comment on their decision to not have the town’s regular administrative assistant, Barbara Milkovits, return from medical leave on a part-time basis, and to continue paying a contracted employee.

Milkovits appeared before the Select Board on Jan. 14, asking to return to work in a limited capacity — approximately three hours a day, three days a week. However, the Select Board denied her request.

Milkovits has been out of the office on medical leave since being in an accident with her husband near the end of October. Since then, her position was covered for a time by her assistant, Martha Ward and Deputy Town Clerk Suzanne Kelly. Ward has since resigned her position as assistant. Select Board Chair Charlie Moser declined to comment, when asked why Ward resigned. Asked when Ward resigned, Moser said he couldn’t remember.

In December, the town hired Municipal Resources Inc., a Meredith-based company that provides managerial support services to towns, to help fill the role temporarily until Milkovits’ return from leave.

The company provided Carlotta Pini, the former Rindge town administrator, to fill the position for $50 per hour. According to Moser, Pini works approximately 16 hours per week for the town, although her position is on an as-needed basis.

When contacted, Moser declined to comment on why the board had not chosen to reinstate Milkovits on a part-time basis, as it was a personnel issue. According to public minutes of the meeting, board members thought Milkovits returning part-time would be “disruptive.” Milkovits disagreed that it would be, according to the minutes.

The minutes state that Milkovits had sent a request to the Select Board to return to work in a limited capacity, and was told by Select Board member Pete McGinnity to meet with the board before returning to work. She then received an email from Pini, stating that she was cut off from short-term disability and had used her vacation and sick leave. Milkovits told the board that her vacation and personal time had been reset as of the first of the year, according to the minutes. Moser also declined to comment on whether Milkovits’ time had been reset at the first of the year, citing that it is a personnel issue.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ex. 244, or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaari.

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