Bookkeeper appointed

TREMONT – Selectmen on Monday voted 4-0 to appoint Debbi Nickerson as the town’s bookkeeper.

Nickerson was bookkeeper until July 1 of last year when she became the town’s assessor and code enforcement officer. She will assume the bookkeeping duties while continuing in those positions.

Interim town manager Dana Reed proposed either hiring a part-time bookkeeper or increasing the duties of someone already working in the office. He said the recommendation had come from the town’s auditor, James W. Wadman, CPA, and was made during the firm’s recent preparation for the 2014 fiscal year audit. According to Reed, the auditor estimated someone could do the job working four to six hours a week.

“The most obvious choice is Debbi Nickerson,” Reed said in response to a question by selectmen Chris Eaton. Not only is she willing to take on the extra responsibility, “She’s the person people in the office go to with questions,” Reed added.

Reed Nickerson would expect to be compensated for the additional work. She would receive a $2.50 an hour increase in her paycheck. The arrangement is considered to be on a temporary basis.

“It’s important to recognize the work she does there,” Reed said.

Nickerson currently is paid at the rate of $22.11 per hour.

In other business Monday, selectmen approved a higher deductible in the town’s public officials liability insurance with the Maine Municipal Property and Casualty Pool.

Reed explained the town is looking at a $1,800 increase in the premium, a 50-percent jump. Going from a $2,500 deductible to $5,000 would keep the premium about the same as it is for this year, he said.

Selectmen also decided to begin discussion of finding a permanent town manager at their next meeting, scheduled for July 21.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander