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Scituate officials hope to avoid Fourth of July beach sticker rush

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 25, 2012 02:01 PM

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By late June, Scituate Town Hall is usually packed with people, lined-up all the way down the hall and out the front door, waiting to renew their expired beach or transfer sticker.

Yet after months of prompting Scituate residents to get their beach stickers early, officials are hopeful that they will avoid that Fourth of July sticker rush.

Town employees have been selling both beach and transfer station stickers since March to coincide with the new March expiration date. Previously, beach stickers didn’t expire until June.

The hope, town officials said, was that the new deadline would make the sticker application processing easier on Town Hall staff, who are typically dealing with a lot of paperwork for the end of the fiscal year in late June.

Although Scituate officials extended the expiration for stickers for this year until June 15 to let residents get used to the new policy, the push to apply online, through the mail, or at a kiosk at Town Hall sooner than last minute has paid off.

“I personally don’t expect the big lines that we’ve had the previous couple of years. My expectation is it could be second homeowners that may be down,” said Jane Cunniff Lepardo, Treasurer/Collector for the Town of Scituate, who will vacate her post this week to become Cohasset’s Treasurer/Collector. “I think there has been a good amount of people who have already purchased them.”

Already this year, Scituate has sold $597,515 in stickers, including all types of beach stickers and transfer stickers, which range from $10-$200 a piece.

“We’ve sold a significant amount already and people have been great in getting them right away,” Lepardo said.

Although many have been coming in prior to the week of July 4, a several residents still waited until their stickers had expired on June 15 to get renewals.

Lepardo said things have been hectic in the last two weeks, with extra staff hired to help from the Department of Public Works, the Recreation Department, and senior tax work off help.

The town also has planned to put on extra staff from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday June 29 in case more people decide to come in late.

Overall, however, things went more smoothly this year, and are expected to go even better next year.

“It’s good. Next year will be so much better because they expire on March 31, which isn’t such a busy time period in this office,” Lepardo said.

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