The Town of Cape Charles has announced that it is seeking a full-time Assistant Harbor Master. Coming on the heels of a disappointing season, and with the Harbor continuing to pile up losses and debt, the timing appears less than optimal. Plagued by severe accounting issues that occurred due to computer crashes and software updates, the Town still only has a vague idea of where the harbor stands financially. What it does know is that monies from the General Fund are currently used to keep the operation viable, so the Town may have to dip further into the kitty to pay for this position. The Town ran this advertisement in the Eastern Shore Post this week:
The Town also ran an advertisement for a Library Assistant:
With budget work sessions on the way, citizens should brace themselves for more redundant hiring (spending), as well as more stress on the General Fund, and the higher fees and taxes which will follow closely on the heels of unrestrained bloat. Councilman Andy Buchholz, who apparently has come across malodorous trashcans at the beach during the summer, has used this phenomenon to push for more town hiring. The odors emanating from the trash cans, from Buchholz’s perspective, are key indicators that Town staff has lost its ability to keep up with general maintenance, and that the citizens should reach into their pockets to try and to close the gap in service by hiring more staff. So far neither the Mayor, or any other member of council has pushed back on this idea.