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Lisbon Town Council approves purchase of new software for campground; discusses personnel changes

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LISBON - The Lisbon Beach and Campground will be getting a new online registration program in January after being approved by the town council at Thursday’s meeting.

Town Councilors also hinted at the possibility of replacing Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil in the coming months.

At the August meeting residents delivered petition with 316 signatures opposing switching to a computerized registration system. Currently Mr. O’Neil is responsible for reservations and keeps a hardcopy in a binder.

Opponents of the software wanted Mr. O’Neil to continue having direct control of the registration system.

After the outcry at the August meeting the town council decided to hold off on the plan to purchase the software.

But at Thursday’s meeting Councilor Susan M. Duffy said, “I’d like us to move forward so we’re ready [with the software] by the first of the year.”

“I think that we all know that Mike would prefer to have his book and be able to decide what sites people go on and be able to move them at will,” Ms. Duffy said. “I think there is still some discussion as to our director next year.”

Ms. Duffy said, “I think that we need to discuss personnel at the next council meeting. Let’s close up the beach [in October]; let’s see how we end up. At the next meeting we need to talk about whether we will be advertising any new jobs up there.”

Ms. Duffy added that she has spoken with Mr. O’Neil about the new software. “In my conversations with [Mr. O’Neil] he was always fine with it.”

At the August meeting Mr. O’Neil said he doesn’t want to lose control of who camps where at the campground, but that he would be amenable to a program that still gave him final say.

Councilor Alan D. Dailey said, ultimately, Mr. O’Neil’s opinion in the matter is irrelevant.

“If we feel that that’s the most efficient way to run the campground, then as an employee he will accept it,” Mr. Dailey said.

Ms. Duffy and Mr. Dailey were joined by Councilors Nathanael Putney and Gary J. Jarvis in voting in favor of purchasing the new software.

Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong voted against the measure. “Before we make it a definite thing I would like to include [Mr. O’Neil’s] opinion.”

The software the town is purchasing is called Campground Master and costs a total of $1,100, including installation and shipping.

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