Halifax seeks administrative assistant


HALIFAX -- After securing voter approval at Town Meeting in March, the Selectboard has now begun advertising the new position of administrative assistant.

"We're hoping to fill the position in the next month or so," said Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner.

Voters decided to create an administrative position rather than make the Selectboard a five-person unit. Selectboard member Edee Edwards said during an interview following Town Meeting that the board was excited to get more support.

According to the job summary, the person who fills the position will provide assistance and leadership in carrying out operations and activities necessary for the effective, efficient operation of the town. That person will also assist the board in routine matters and will provide necessary information for decision making in the more complex affairs of the board.

The administrative assistant will be required to attend all Selectboard meetings, including special ones and Town Meeting. The job summary can be found at halifaxvermont.com. It will be a part-time position.

On July 28, the board also decided to advertise a design build project for constructing an addition for a salt shed. Sumner expects the project will cost between $15,000 and $30,000.

"We have to move the fuel tank over and put up a retainment wall," he said. "That's the law now. We have to have the tank sitting in a spent retainer so if there's a spill, it will catch the fuel."

Sumner expects the new roofing being put on at the Town Offices will be completed in the next two to three weeks. The new roof covers a section of the school but the town will cover the cost. It addresses the west of the building.

The project was approved in early June and put out to bid. It will cost approximately $17,000.

"It's supposed to be done before school starts," he said, adding that it has not affected board meetings.

The board had not yet come to a decision regarding Old County Road paving. Sumner told the Reformer the board is waiting on an estimate for approximately 500 feet that will need paving.

There are sections from a bridge on that road, he refers to as aprons, which will need to be paved.

"It's so that you don't come to the bridge and have pot holes at the end of the bridge. It always does if you don't have black top," said Sumner.

The bridge is currently being replaced. That project began on July 1. It was a contributing factor to a big rise in the town's tax rate.

The project was put off while the town dealt with more severe damage following Tropical Storm Irene.

"It's costing us more money than it would have three years ago. Everything has gone up," Sumner said. "The steel and the lumber and everything."

A grant from the state assisted the town with $175,000, which was nearly half of the entire cost.

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


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