Wolcott holds a special town meeting next Wednesday, Aug. 14, to ask voters to fund a new job: town administrator.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Wolcott town offices on School Street.

The administrator is being proposed because town government has become more complex and the select board and town staff members felt an extra paid staff member was needed to handle the extra work.

Voters will be asked to approve the use of $20,000 from a capital reserve fund to help pay part of the salary and benefits of the new town administrator, who should be hired later this year. An additional $27,000 will likely come from a budget surplus remaining when the fiscal year ended June 30.

The select board needs voter permission to use money in the capital reserve fund for the hire, but not for using the year-end surplus.

The select board would like to fill the job by November, with $47,000 available to cover eight months of this budget year. The full cost of the position for the following year will be included in the town budget voters consider in March 2020.

— Andrew Martin

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