Well, here we are into a new year. We certainly hope that winter will end soon and soon we’ll hear the soft cooing of our resident doves, robins and other songbirds instead of the whistle of the wind. As this new year opened up, several situations were brought to my attention. One is that the employees of the Finance Office receive requests from some citizens that they cannot and should not be expected to acknowledge or respond to. To provide the services of the Finance Office, there are hours that the office is normally open. Those hours are from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. There may be short periods of time when it may be closed for 20 minutes or so to allow for banking, mail pickup and the like. This does not happen daily and usually only when one them is out of the office because of illness or meetings, etc.
I was also made aware that both Jennifer and Judy have been asked to take payments while they are shopping at the store or out in the community. They cannot accept these payments even if it’s a check. They are not the “mobile drop box” for these transactions. They are not able to issue a receipt for the item and should not be expected to deliver your payments. There is a drop box in the front door of the Town Office. It is checked and emptied several times every business day.
They should not be contacted for help during their off hours by calling their residences or personal cell phones. If you have questions, call 456-2737, Option 1 and leave a voice mail after the message. The voice mail is checked during the day and your questions will be answered. If you have a medical or police emergency, call 911. For a water or sewer emergency, call 456-2737, option 1 and listen to the message. During the message you will be given the town services emergency number. I could give them to you here but this will probably end up in the trash, so it will be of no help when you need it in six months. The 456-2737 number remains constant and so does the information. This number also gives you options for other Town departments like the library and museum. You don’t need to remember all the different numbers.
One last thing about town business. Please do not call either Jennifer or Judy’s family numbers about Town business. Their husbands and children are not their answering services, nor should they be expected to be.
Remember! Payments are due by the 19th at close of business. Payments received after the close of business on the 19th are subject to a late fee of $25.00. If you don’t pay by the close of business the day before the last day of the month, your water will be shut off at about 8:00 am the next morning.
Mayor Mike Keolker