STRONG — Selectmen agreed Tuesday to advertise for a new town clerk, registrar and deputy treasurer.

Raylene Tolman, hired this spring for a 24-hour per week position, replaced Town Clerk Lois Barker, Deputy Treasurer Pam Kenniston and Registrar Leisa Adams. Tolman submitted her resignation to selectmen, who reluctantly accepted it at their Tuesday evening meeting.

“I’ve been offered the Kingfield deputy town clerk and the town treasurer position,” she told selectmen.

Tolman said the Kingfield position is full time with benefits, which was an offer that was hard to refuse. She had worked for Strong and their Harness the Wealth Program as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Selectmen agreed to advertise immediately for the position and accept applications until 4 p.m. July 30. The employee must be bondable and will be paid $10-$12 per hour.

In other business, selectmen scheduled a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. July 23 to explain changes in the General Assistance ordinance.

The town will offer a swim program the last week of July and first week of August. The annual program will be at the town beach on Porter Lake. Sessions will be divided by levels of ability, and all instructors are Red Cross-certified. Strong children will be able to attend for free. Others must pay $15.

In past years, the town contributed $600, and this year’s costs will increase to $700, according to Selectman Mike Pond. This year’s husband and wife instructors, who spend summers on Porter Lake, have been school swim coaches and their daughter is also a trained instructor, Pond said.

“We’re getting three for the price of one,” he said.

Selectman James Burrill announced the town’s assessing agent, Robert Worthley, would like to meet soon with selectmen.

“He doesn’t have the final numbers but, if the figures are correct, we could be looking at a one mill increase,” he said.

Selectmen hope to meet with Worthley the last week in July and will post a notice of the date at the Town Office. They also agreed to meet with Susan Pratt, a member of the RSU 58 reapportionment committee, on July 23 to learn more about the town’s request for a review of its representation on the school board.


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