Election Day is just around the corner.
There are many promises made during a political campaign. However, some are kept while others are smoke and mirrors made to hide the truth.
I dont make promises I cannot keep. Ive done my job for eight years with dedication and pride.
I do know sales of hunting licenses were promised; that is false. After investigation last summer by a Town Board member and me, the Town Board voted to continue not selling hunting or fishing licenses. This information is easily found in the minutes posted on the towns website.
Everyone promises more hours. What for? They promise to be here day and night as well as weekends.
My question is, how? The job is now six hours a day, four days a week. That was established more than 40 years ago.
Nothing has changed. I work 1,200 hours now, taking two weeks for vacation, plus six additional days I was out of the office for personal appointments, these taken in a few hours or half days. The clerk isnt offered health insurance but can join the retirement plan if they want.
Just because my van isnt outside doesnt mean the office isnt open. If I am not here, my deputy clerk is during tax collection. But considering 90 percent of tax payments are made through the mail, it is often quiet. Few people pay their taxes in person. As for night hours, the Town Hall building is accessible at night when the library is open and anyone can drop their tax payment in my mailbox. Businesspeople who want to save time mail their payments.
Presumably, I dont work well with the Town Board. Any problem with the board has been handled in a professional manner. I do whatever is asked of me.
If unsure, I always go to the supervisor for clarification. I have never heard him complain I wasnt doing my job, or any other board member.
Make your own decision. My office is complex.
However, it doesnt need a bookkeeper; it takes a good manager. Someone who can deal with day-to-day issues at a moments notice.
I have served my constituents to the best of my ability. If they find fault with what I have accomplished while in office, they will make that fact clear on Election Day.
Darlene V. Amyot
The writer is Hammond town clerk.