One hour into Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting, high school students started lining up to meet Town Comptroller Darlene Carroll.
Why is Carroll so popular? She signs the paperwork proving the students fulfilled their class requirement to attend the meeting for an hour.
Deputy Supervisor Francina Spoth on Monday directed the students to her.
Carroll said she's been the signer for at least 10 years or so, because she sits closest to the railing that separates town officials from the public. Her service started soon after a student walked up to former Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein – while the meeting was in progress – to get his autograph.
Carroll was so busy at times Monday that she had to hand some papers to Larry Graner, the town's contract compliance person, to help her keep the line moving.
"I need to get a stamper," Carroll told Off Main Street.
She said students used to come over after just 15 minutes, and she would decline to sign. That prompted a sympathetic colleague to say, "Just because we have to suffer doesn't mean they have to."