Selig retires as Taylor CEO; Flaherty promoted to executive director

LACONIA — With the announcement of its partnership with Life Care Services (see accompanying story), the Taylor Community also announced the retirement of Chief Executive Officer Bob Selig and promotion of Michael Flaherty from administrator to executive director of the continuing care retirement community

Two years ago Selig became the fourth CEO of the Taylor Community in seven years, on a temporary basis, and last year was appointed to the position after a nationwide search. During his tenure he achieved significant savings by renegotiating the long-term debt and husbanded resources best applied elsewhere by selling satellite communities in Moultonborough and Sandwich. The memory care unit, Opechee Harbor, was opened and soon reached full occupancy.

Selig will remain a trustee of the Taylor Community and serve as vice-chairman of the board. "It's been a great ride," he said yesterday, "and its not over."

After interviewing more than 30 candidates for the new position of executive director, LCS selected Flaherty, the current administrator of the Taylor Community, who has decades of experience in health care, including several senior leadership positions in organizations caring for senior citizens. He received his bachelor's degree from Boston College, earned Master's degrees in business administration and health administration from Suffolk University and a certificate in Comparative Public Health Policy from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Taylor Community contracts with Iowa company for management services

LACONIA — The Board of Trustees of the Taylor Community has entered a management agreement with Life Care Services (LCS) of Des Moines, Iowa to manage the operations of the venerable continuing-care retirement community.

Bob Selig, who has served as chief executive officer of the Taylor Community for the past two years and announced his retirement earlier this month, explained that the partnership is intended to ensure continuity of executive leadership. "We're no longer alone in the woods," he remarked.

Founded in 1971, LCS currently serves some 34,000 senior citizens in 132 managed communities. Selig said that in seeking a professional organization with a proven track record of managing continuing care retirement communities, the trustees met with the leadership of LCS and visited several of the firm's facilities before unanimously approving the management agreement. .

The partnership with LCS,, Selig said, will provide a number of benefits to the Taylor Community. Group purchasing and insurance programs will reduce operating costs while the affiliation will strengthen the confidence of lenders in management of long-term debt. Executive leadership will enjoy close relationships with their counterparts throughout LCS's network while educational resources and training programs will be available to staff members.

Selig stressed that the transition will be seamless with no changes to services. All staff, save for the executive director and administrator who will report to LCS while remaining answerable to the trustees, will remain in the employ and under the direction of the Taylor Community. The Taylor Community will continue to be owned by its more than 600 incorporators, including all residents, who elect the trustees, who will continue to approve the annual budget and manage the endowment fund.

Sanbornton to hold Nov. 4 public hearing on 'swap shop' issue

SANBORNTON — The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. — after their regularly scheduled meeting — to consider the petition presented earlier this month requesting a special Town Meeting to see if voters will lift the ban on dump picking through at the traditional "swap shop" imposed by the board.

The petition, signed by some 150 residents, reads "to see if the town will vote to rescind the decision of the Board of Selectmen to close the recycling facility at the transfer station and continue the operation of the center for the benefit of Sanbornton residents."

State law would appear to require the selectmen to schedule a special town meeting. RSA 39:3 provides that "In towns with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants upon the written application of 50 or more voters or 1/4 of the voters in town, whichever is fewer . . . so presented not less than 60 days before the next annual meeting, the selectmen shall warn a special meeting to act upon any question specified in such application."

However, a companion provision (RSA 39:9) has been interpreted to afford selectmen authority to refuse to convene a special town meeting, if they have reasonable grounds for doing so, though their refusal may be appealed to superior court.

As it happens, the petition misses the mark. The selectmen did not close the "recycling facility", but instead prohibited residents from swapping their cast-offs at the transfer station. The board acted on the recommendation of Primex, the carrier of the town's property and liability insurance, which cautioned that should an exchange lead to an injury, the town could find itself liable to costly litigation.
Lynn Chong, one of the petitioners said yesterday that she spoke with Assistant Attorney General Stephen Labonte who advised her that because the petition was not worded as precisely as necessary, his office would be unlikely to insist the selectmen accede to it.

Chong said that in light of the issues clouding the petition, she is encouraging petitioners to attend the public hearing with the goal of persuading the selectmen to reverse their decision and reopen what they call the "swap shop".