Halifax board to interview admin assistant candidates


HALIFAX -- Three applications for the newly created position of Selectboard administrative assistant were received, prompting the board to begin an interview process.

"A couple are local residents and another one works close in the area," Halifax Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner said.

The part-time position was advertised starting at the end of July. Voters had decided to create the administrative position rather than make the Selectboard a five-person unit.

Sumner expects the job will require about a dozen hours each week. It mostly will involve preparing for Selectboard meetings.

According to the job summary, the person who fills the position will also provide assistance in routine matters and provide necessary information for decision making in the more complex affairs of the board. That person will be required to attend all Selectboard meetings, including special ones and Town Meeting.

There is no timeline for hiring, Sumner told the Reformer. The board plans to contact the candidates and see if they can make it to an upcoming interview session.

"We set a few different dates," he said. "If enough of them can't come one night, we'll try and see if they can come another night or something."

In other business:

-- On Monday morning, Road Commissioner Brad Rafus gave a presentation on a new truck that was approved for ordering afterwards. Sumner said Rafus' request was for a brand new 1-ton truck to replace one which a lot of money has been put into over the last couple years.

"It's almost a carbon copy of what we wanted," he added.

-- A salt contract with Cargill Salt was also approved by the Selectboard.

-- The board did not yet sign an agreement with VTel for a cell tower to go up on Old County Road. The company had sent the board a copy and town attorney Bob Fisher looked at it.

"We wanted a few changes," Sumner said. "We asked about it but haven't got back whether they'll look at them."

A conference call took place last week with VTel representatives. One request involved making the tower a breakaway structure so that if it were to collapse, there wouldn't be one large piece of equipment lying in the road.

"They said they didn't think it was a major hurdle. They thought it wouldn't be any problem but they didn't want to say for sure," said Sumner, adding that the representatives wanted to confirm that with an attorney.

-- Discussion of the proposed quarry led to Sumner pointing out that the town did not have jurisdiction over Old Stage Road, which is off of Jacksonville Stage Road and is privately owned by Russell Denison, the man whose name appears as the applicant on the proposed quarry Act 250 application.

Sumner said the road goes in for about a mile before where the site for the quarry would be, and at one time it was used primarily for logging.

Selectboard members previously mentioned they would review the Act 250 application before the Sept. 9 site visit. One of the items they plan on addressing is the potential impact on roads.

"We'll probably touch on that a little bit at the next meeting," Sumner told the Reformer. "Brad's (Rafus) going to tell us what he thought we could do on Stark Mountain (Road)."

That road leads to the site and is maintained by the town.

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


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