DUMMERSTON -- The town office's hours aren't changing, and the services provided there will remain the same.
But visitors won't be seeing longtime Town Clerk Pamela McFadden quite as much, as she has decided to cut back her work hours and to take a pay cut.
Nonetheless. McFadden is running again for the position she has held since 2005. She hopes her schedule changes -- made for personal reasons -- won't affect her re-election bid.
"I love what I do. It's a great job," McFadden said. "It's just, right now, I really need to be at home more."
The town clerk's job is one of many Dummerston positions up for election at this year's Town Meeting:
-- There are one-year terms available for town moderator, town treasurer, town agent and town grand juror.
-- On the Selectboard, there is one two-year term and one three-year term available. Incumbent Steve Glabach, currently serving his first term, said he intends to run for the three-year seat.
Selectboard member Bill Holiday will not pursue another term.
"I guess the bottom line is, it's very time-consuming," Holiday said. "I felt like I was too busy ... I don't like to do anything halfway."
Holiday, who is serving his first term, is hoping other candidates will step up and vie for positions in town governance.
"Parts of it are terrific," Holiday said. "I'm a great believer in everybody doing community service. And I don't think it's a bad thing for there to be turnover on town boards and committees."
-- There also are three-year terms available for town auditor and lister, as well as a five-year term for library trustee.
-- For Dummerston school, there are three school-director spots available -- one three-year term and two one-year terms. Also open is the school moderator position, a one-year term.
The list of open positions was issued this week by McFadden, who said she already has transitioned to an 18-hour week. That's down from a 30-hour week previously.
The town office will remain open five hours a week for six hours each day. McFadden said a newly hired assistant town clerk, Whitney Harrison of East Dummerston, will help fill the gaps.
Also, Laurie Frechette, the town treasurer and Selectboard assistant, will continue to assist those who come to the office.
Ensuring that there were no inconveniences for residents or other office visitors "was part of this decision," McFadden said. "We could close the office for two days a week, but we're just too busy to do that."
The decrease in McFadden's hours includes a decrease in compensation. For the next fiscal year, Dummerston's proposed budget decreases the clerk's salary from $28,622 to $16,670.
The Selectboard budgeted $8,568 for the new assistant town clerk's position in fiscal 2015.
The assistant "will be fully trained to do everything I do," McFadden said.
Mike Faher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.