Saturday August 24, 2013

DOVER -- In an attempt to finish up last minute items, the Economic Development Department requested an increase in the budget for the new park that has been under construction.

"We underestimated the top soil (and watering)," said Dover Economic Specialist Ken Black.

On Aug. 20, the Dover Selectboard authorized increasing the budget for the Dover Town Park. The increased budget allows spending of up to $145,000 on the new park.

The park is located on Country Club Road and Route 100, between 711 and Dover Forge. The playground equipment is situated but children are not yet allowed on it. The gazebo is up and the landscaping that surrounds the park is almost complete.

In May, the Dover Economic Development Department’s budget for the park was increased, not to exceed $135,000.

The department’s newest request met no criticism and few questions. It is a project that has been heavily supported by residents as well as the board.

"It’s still an estimate. We won’t know (the total price) until the bills start showing up," said Black, who told the board he thinks that the total price of the park would come in under the newly increased budget.

The watering at the park was addressed before discussion on the park was over.

"We’ll be doing the watering (for now)," said Black. "We’re looking to stake out the watering heads.


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He told the Selectboard that the Economic Development Department would look into timers for a sprinkler system as well.

"We’re looking at different things," he said.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the park will be announced soon.

At the same meeting, Black discussed job descriptions in documents that outline the positions of the town’s economic development specialist and the specialist’s assistant.

The assistant position will be vacant starting in October. The town will be advertising the opening next week.

Drawing on his experience from the past six months, Black wanted to describe the jobs as "more project oriented."

The description, he said, included the ability to bring in projects on time, create a budget and effectively communicate. It also would involve developing strategic departmental decisions as well as a business plan for the department.

"I don’t feel I want the position to become project manager," said board member Tom Baltrus. "I want it to (focus on) development initiatives."

Receiving and seeking input from the public was another important thing that Baltrus thought should be another part of the positions’ roles.

While discussing the process of public review, Black said the Economic Development Department submits its projects for the next fiscal year, which contain a work plan and a "fairly detailed narrative of what was accomplished and what they can expect."

Currently, the department’s projects come before the board and public during monthly updates at Selectboard meetings.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.