Fair Haven board considers credit at transfer stationBy Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | March 08,2013FAIR HAVEN — Town officials are debating the practice of extending credit to businesses using the Fair Haven transfer station.
The Select Board discussed the policy again at a special meeting Wednesday.
Town Manager Herbert Durfee said the topic came up after the town received an auditors’ report highlighting two problems at the transfer station — the use of credit and the cash flow.
Durfee said he is working with the station’s attendants on a better method for handling payments.
He also proposed a policy to continue to extend credit to eligible businesses.
That policy would give the Select Board exclusive control over issuing credit, though it can delegate authority to the town manager. It also would specify credit terms of 30 or 60 days, credit checks, and collateral such as a credit card on file.
“Right now it’s a basic policy,” Durfee said.
Nearly 15 businesses have been extended credit for their use of the transfer station, he said.
But as of Feb. 19, no more credit was issued at the request of the board as they continued to discuss it.
Selectman Robert Richards said he could see why businesses would want to pay on a monthly basis, but it could be messy for the town. He said in his opinion, the town should not issue credit.
“This is just an awful mess if you start it,” Richards said.
Board members agreed though, that if the policy to allow credit moved forward, it would be for businesses only, not residents.
The matter was tabled until the next meeting.
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