PALERMO — Selectmen on Thursday sold the tax-acquired lot off Route 3 to the only bidder for enough money to cover back-taxes and fees.

Daniel and Bethany Dyer of Palermo offered $850 for the 1.1-acre lot. Daniel Dyer paid the required 10 percent deposit and promised full payment next week.

Town Clerk Sheila McCarty said back taxes, interest and fees amounted to $809.

The clerk also announced that nomination papers for next March’s municipal elections are now available.

Positions to be filled are one selectman, one treasurer, one road commissioner and one general assistance administrator. All are to be elected for three years, except the road commissioner, whose term is one year.

Incumbent Sophia Glidden has said she will not be a candidate for another term on the Board of Selectmen.

Signed nomination papers must be returned to the Town Office by noon on Jan. 24 for candidates’ names to appear on the ballot.

Following up on the report of the town Compensation Committee and public meeting on Dec. 10 to discuss it, selectmen agreed to schedule a workshop session with Town Office staff. Topics might include the 2012 office budget and office hours.

Compensation Committee recommendations included a $60,000 cap on office employees’ salaries and other expenses, such as mileage reimbursement and workshop fees; an increase in office hours; and a gradual reduction of staff from the present four workers to two full-time workers and one part-timer.

Last Saturday’s informational meeting drew about 30 people, including committee members and selectmen, board members estimated. Audience members suggested “a couple new options,” Selectman Paul Cowing said.

Selectmen voted unanimously to close the Town Office Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Their next regular meeting will be Dec. 29.

McCarty reported that early revenue from sale of hunting and fishing licenses is down significantly this year. Usually, she said, at least $3,000 comes in, much of it from gift licenses, and one year nearly totaled $5,000. So far, sales of 2012 licenses total less than $500.

Glidden and Dyer blamed the poor sales on lack of deer, and blamed lack of deer on coyote preying and wild turkeys competing for food.

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