Weber running for Pownal clerk post

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POWNAL — Assistant Town Clerk Julie Weber is running unopposed for a three-year term as town clerk.

Weber has been acting clerk in Pownal for the past year in the absence of longtime Clerk Karen Burrington, who is retiring after serving in the office since 1991.

"My ultimate goal is to become a fully certified town clerk," said Weber, who has been taking courses related to the job and consulting with other town clerks.

"I will treat the townspeople, attorneys and title searchers with the respect they deserve," she said, "assist them with their needs in a courteous, and most importantly, timely manner. My promise to the residents of the town of Pownal is to keep my work up to date and to always serve you with a smile."

Issues she hopes to tackle as clerk include finding a solution to space restrictions in the office vault area. "I plan to work with the selectmen in finding a solution to the town's vault space issue and future preservation of the town's records," Weber said.

She considers herself "a well-organized person and efficient record-keeper. I realize the necessity of having these skills in my role as assistant town clerk for the past four years."

Over the past year, she filled in for the ailing incumbent clerk.

"I have attended numerous training seminars, and I am a member of the Vermont Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Association," she said. "I am experienced in the election process. I have done a local election with a recount and an Act 46 merger [vote] for the school district, with a recount."

Weber has served with the Pownal Planning Commission and Development Review Board for the past 14 years," which she said "has also strengthened my work skills and provided me with the knowledge needed in a municipal organization."

Weber was raised and has lived in Pownal for 44 years. She served for six years on the Pownal Rescue Squad and worked in a dermatologist's office in Williamstown, Mass., for 10 years.

"I'm very well known in the community with all of my volunteer skills," she said. "I'm honest, hard working and committed to serving as your town clerk."

Weber is running for the post with the understanding it could become an appointive one later this year.

Also on the ballot for the March 6 town election is an article calling for Pownal clerks to be hired by the town rather than elected, with a set salary rather than the current stipend payment and a percentage of license fees collected by the office.


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