SHAFTSBURY -- The Shaftsbury Select Board voted unanimously on Monday to appoint Tim Scoggins to a board seat being vacated by Craig Bruder.
Scoggins was the town’s safe-routes-to-school coordinator, and was instrumental in convincing the Vermont Road Agency to lower the speed of Route 7A in Shaftsbury between Cleveland Avenue and Route 67 from 35 to 25 mph. He was one of three candidates who put his name forward for consideration. Tom Huncharek, of the Shaftsbury Developmental Review Board and former Select Board member Billy Oberauer also applied.
The Select Board convened for a special town meeting and spent about 15 minutes in executive session discussing the merits of each candidate.
"This was not an easy decision," said Selectman Carl Korman.
Oberauer served on the Select Board until April 15, when he resigned in order to start attending a graduate program at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. Mitch Race was appointed to the board to fill his vacant seat.
Bruder announced in August that he would be resigning from his position as chairman of the Select Board, effective Sept. 30, in order to accept a position at EMC Insurance. The board began looking for candidates on Aug. 20, and interviewed all three candidates within the last few weeks.
Scoggins’ term will begin on Oct. 1, and will be effective until the next election. "We were extremely pleased that we had three well qualified candidates, any one of which would have been suitable," said Bruder.
"Tim is very familiar with the issues facing the town right now. He has a great technical background," said Vice-Chairwoman Karen Mellinger, echoing Korman’s sentiment that it was not an easy decision for the board to make.
Scoggins often attends meetings of both the Select Board and School Board, and is a member of the Town Garage Committee. He made a presentation to the Vermont Road Agency, along with School Board member Larry Johnson, in June regarding lowering the speed on Route 7A, and Johnson praised Scoggins afterward, saying "It was entirely Tim’s project. Ninety-five percent of it was being up there and having a good presentation. It stuck the points home and they listened."
At the close of the meeting, Bruder gave a heartfelt farewell to his colleagues on the board. "I’ve really, truly enjoyed working with all of you. You’re a great group of people."
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