Getting the job done despite limitations
If Debbie Myers needs to take a personal phone call or make a doctor's appointment, she leaves her office and heads to her car for a work break.
Her coworkers, Janine Antoshak and Wib Pumpaly, do the same.
It can be challenging working in Charlestown town hall. The building, a former 1900s school house, was perfect for that purpose. But as a town hall, the building doesn't lend itself to privacy.
"If you want privacy, go to your car," said Antoshak.
"Hippa is out the window here," said Pumpaly.
When town meetings are held, staffers have to clear their desks. In addition to the town board members who attend meetings, citizens also turn out. Those people often find themselves seated in the work areas of the staff.
For Pumpaly, it's been an adjustment. He worked in the corporate world prior to taking the job in Charlestown. "I always had a private office before," he said.
Myers said that with three staffers all working on different projects at the same time, it can be loud in the building. "When I'm on the phone I know people think I'm hard of hearing because I have to keep saying 'can you repeat that?'," said Myers.
The town used to host their Christmas open house at town hall. A few years ago, they moved it to the fire house so as to have more space for the event.
In other business from Charlestown:
• The town Christmas tree lighting, with caroling, will be held on Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m. on Market Street, next to the post office. All are welcome.
• Improvements at Long Point will be ongoing. There will be a handicap accessible picnic table and low intensity lighting installed. More than $16,000 in grant money remains to complete that project. There will also be a rain garden installed there as part of the town's Green Team efforts.
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