The Select Board on June 27 raised the possibility of hiring a municipal zoning officer

WHITEFIELD — The Select Board on June 27 raised the possibility of hiring a municipal zoning officer. Without a zoning officer, the town cannot enforce its permit requirements, said Select Board member John Tholl. Having been on the Planning Board, Tholl said, the “biggest problem is we have people who do things without getting permits and we never find out about it because we don’t have anyone to do compliance follow-up,” according to draft minutes. However, while a zoning officer is needed, it’s unclear how the job would be funded, he said. Permit fees won’t generate enough money to pay for the position, and raising those fees would inhibit new construction and development. A zoning officer could be a taxpayer-funded position, but Select Board support for that is unclear.