My name is Darlene Amyot and for the last eight years I have served the citizens of Hammond in the position of town clerk. Over that time I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of our citizens on an individual basis, and they know me.
My office is open to helping anyone and I hold hours whenever anyone needs. In our community, many people are working class and I know what that is like to try to get into a municipal office during the week. Therefore, I have sold marriage licenses at night, at home, as well as in my office. As death keeps no regular hours, I have certified many of these vital documents in my home. Coming back to my office to accommodate someone is not an inconvenience, it is my job. I have even taken tax payments on the side of the road. People know me, and know I am here to serve them.
Our economic times have forced municipalities to cut back on raises. Does it seem a little unrealistic to promise to keep an office open for more hours than compensated for? My office has kept the same four-day week for more than 30 years. Now that I have instituted summer hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., I have found people can conduct business within these parameters. Any other time, people know how to contact me. As for extra hours for collecting taxes, I estimate that approximately 87 percent of tax payments are mailed. With fewer and fewer people coming into the office to pay. We lead busy lives and mailing a tax payment is easier. The same applies to dog licensing.
As clerk, for the convenience of the community, I have obtained my notary license and I am now looking into performing civil marriages in my office. Availability and working together are my promises to my constituents.
Darlene V. Amyot