Town Office extends evening hours, cuts board meetings

By Stephanie Grinnell | Sep 13, 2017

STOCKTON SPRINGS — Based on a request by Selectman Tom Fraser, Stockton Springs Town Office is extending its evening hours. The Town Office will stay open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, according to Town Manager Courtney O'Donnell.

Selectman Betsy Bradley noted she received an email supporting evening hours and Selectman Peter Curley reiterated his position against extending hours. All three selectmen voted in favor of a motion to approve the change. O'Donnell said town staff will track how many people take advantage of the later hours.

O'Donnell also suggested reducing weekly selectmen's meetings. Instead, the board will alternate weeks for morning meetings, while retaining the once-monthly evening meeting. O'Donnell said having more time between meetings will allow her to better answer selectmen's questions.

Payroll still must be signed weekly and that task will fall to the chairman. Stockton Springs alternates the chairman position each month. No action was taken on the suggestion but selectmen are expected to take it up again Sept. 21.

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