by Kristen Miller
The select board voted to advertise for the position of administrative assistant, last night, an already budgeted in position that will cost the town $15,000 this year.
Among other things, the person hired for the job will be responsible for filling the gap in town government between select board bi-monthly meetings and the ever-increasing duties of the town clerk.
Select board Chairman Steve Parker explained the addition of another employee would help make things run more smoothly. By acting largely as an administrator, the person could do a lot of backup work that the select board doesn't have time for. Some duties of the part-time position will include following up on policies established, becoming familiar with all aspects of Danville town government and public infrastructure, identifying gaps and problems, soliciting possible solutions and helping implement them, and undertaking clerical and administrative work made necessary by the procedures.
"It's always a big step for towns who are governed by a select board and town clerk," explained Parker, who added that in all of the case studies he has read about, vast improvements are made shortly after the addition of an assistant.
Advertisements for the position will run from now until Aug.15, when the select board will start to interview and screen applicants for the 20-hour per week position.
After hearing from Joanne Bumps about vehicles driving too fast on the North Danville Road, the select board decided to put up new speed limit signs and add caution signs.
Bumps told the select board she and many other people who ride horses on the road have experienced dangerous situations when drivers speed by them. Fast cars are dangerous because of their speed and also because they kick up stones.
"We're worried that one of us is going to get clipped," said Bumps.
In other business:
Kitty Toll appeared briefly to speak to the select board about the Danville Fair. During the fair and the street dance, a portion of the road around the town green will be closed off to traffic. The select board received notice from state highway administrator Sid Achilles that the town will receive $50,000 in state funding for next year's repairs of the Danville/Peacham Road. That money will cover about one-sixth of the $300,000 project, which will repave a 3-mile-long stretch of the road. The select board is still waiting to hear from St. Johnsbury Academy whether students will be doing renovation work on the town hall. Roo Mold, the building trades teacher for the Academy, told town officials he will get back to them in about a week concerning the project.