Town employees and volunteers who work with children or the elderly will now be subject to criminal background checks, Duxbury selectmen decided this week. Town employees and volunteers who work with children or the elderly will now be subject to criminal background checks, Duxbury selectmen decided this week.

On Monday, selectmen approved a new policy for conducting CORI checks on any employee or licensee who works with "vulnerable populations," i.e., senior citizens and children, and for those who do home visits or inspections. CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information and is a background check for criminal activity. The Criminal History Systems Board (CHSB), a state agency, provides CORIs, which can be conducted at least once every three years.

The Schools, Recreation Department and Council on Aging already do CORI checks on their employees and volunteers.

The town manager's executive assistant Barbara Ripley said the CORI certification for the town manager's officer has expired and needs renewing.

The selectmen's CORI policy is based on a model supplied by the Criminal History Systems Board. It will become part of the selectmen's manual.

Selectman Betsy Sullivan asked whether selectmen should make sure that every person who needs a CORI has one in his personnel file.

"If possible, we should do it (the CORI) and let people know," Sullivan said.

In other business, selectmen:

∑ Witnessed the swearing in of newly elected officials, including new selectman Jonathan Witten and reorganized the board so that Selectman Andre Martecchini is the new chairman, Witten is the new vice chairman and Sullivan is the clerk.

∑ Learned from Town Manager Richard MacDonald that the town plans to begin a water conservation program and will install water saving devices in all town buildings.

∑ Learned work will begin soon on the fiscal year 2009 budget and that MacDonald plans to convene a task force to investigate the possibility of a Proposition 2 1/2 override.

∑ Approved a request by the South Shore Conservatory to use the Millennium Town Green on Washington Street for the second annual Duxbury Music Festival for chamber music performances by advanced undergraduate and graduate music students and young professionals from July 27-30. The Sunday in the Park concert will take place on July 29 from 11-2pm. Selectmen also approved a one-day liquor license for a ticketed faculty concert followed by wine and cheese on Saturday evening.

∑ Approved a one-day liquor license for the Friends of the Council on Aging golf banquet at the Senior Center on June 4, following a tournament at the Duxbury Yacht Club.

∑ Approved a bonus shellfish season for the commercial harvesting of quahog and soft-shell clams for April.