; Life is like champagne......: 2009-12-13

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tales of the Town Treasurer

I thought I might fill you in on my first month as the Town Treasurer.

It took a while but I finally received a computer to start tracking information, communication and search capabilities. I am still catching up in entering all of the account information which I am hoping to finish in the new year. Sure if I was there 5 days a week for the past month I could have gotten it all done but I am limited to Tuesday/Thursday. The pay rate also keeps me from spending too much time there!

What have I found so far? The Finance Manager that I work with is very organized, thorough, helpful and has a lot on her plate! I know she is happy I am there to help out and back her up, not to mention take on a few projects and push some key points that needed to be done. The one big project I have taken on is with the Land Use Office and driveway bonds. We have some dating back to the 1980's! What are driveway bonds you might ask? When you put in a driveway to your house, you have to install an apron(small paved portion) which connects the driveway to the town road. This apron has to be inspected by the the Land Use Office to ensure it is done properly and does not effect the town road. A bond deposit is given to ensure the apron is done and once inspected it is given back to the homeowner. For larger projects such as sub-divisions, the bond is much larger due to building roads and driveways. Well the office is a little backed up from not inspecting the aprons, a change of employees in the office and lack of time. The money is not the towns but the homeowners. I have reached out to the office to try and get the money back to the homeowners and clean up the account. The challenge is also finding the original payees since some have moved, may be a contractor or the business is no longer. This project takes time and within a month, we have already pushed out 20% of the bonds we have held. That to me is a big accomplishment! Some people were very surprised that they had money coming to them, an early Christmas present. Just by doing this project, I have felt I already felt I justified my position.

More Tales of the Town Treasurer coming after the holidays!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

KY Derby Barbi....forget it!

Strolling around in Walmart yesterday to pick up my Christmas cards I happened upon the so called "clearance" section. No roll backs anymore here, so I had to look. My daughter just got her first Barbi for her birthday, I'm o.k. with it since it was Birthday Barbi in a nice fun dress, although the high heels are a little much unless she is going out to do her work at night! Anyway, my daughter of course now likes Barbi and she comes everywhere. I was thinking maybe there was some accessory or clothes in the clearance section....nope. But what I did find was KY Derby Barbi, a special edition Barbi which had a hat and a flower dress, very nice. No price on her so I carried her around until we came to a scanner. In scanning her I was taken back at the "clearance" price of $47.56!!!! So now I had to go over to the Barbi section and see what the non-clearance prices were........$80!!!!! For a Barbi, that is completely ridiculous! Needless to say she can go back to KY and enjoy the Derby without my daughter.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Waiting for her friends


She could not wait for her friends to come to her birthday party, waiting on the porch to greet the first to arrive! Hard to believe that it has come and gone, although she seems to be still trying to work the birthday train!

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