SHAFTSBURY -- At an extended meeting Monday night, the Shaftsbury Select Board named a replacement for departing Town Administrator Margy Becker.
After an executive session, the select board offered the position to current zoning administrator David Kiernan, of Sunderland, who accepted the nomination. The deadline for applications was 5 p.m. on Monday, but the board had been interviewing candidates all week to expedite the process, as Becker had expressed desire to have her resignation go into effect as of July 23.
"We were fortunate to have several good applicants," said select board chairman Tim Scoggins, "and we are pleased that our first choice accepted our offer. David has served us well as ZA. He is well known and well liked at Cole Hall. We are looking forward to having him on board with increased responsibilities. The only downside is that he will be tough to replace as ZA."
Kiernan, a retired police officer who serves on the Sunderland Select Board and Planning Commission, was named zoning administrator in November, replacing Tyler Yandow, who had resigned in August. The timeline for appointing a new ZA has not yet been announced.
At the time of Kiernan's appointment as ZA, Becker helped convince Scoggins, who was hesitant to appoint someone he hadn't met, by saying, "Of all the candidates, I felt that he was the most qualified in terms of enforcement and dealing with difficult parties.
Cub Scout Troop honored
Earlier in the meeting, the select board and recreation committee took the time to honor Cub Scout Troop 330 for their community service. The group of five children and some parents had spent time maintaining and beautifying the Linda Tilgner Memorial Nature Trail at Howard Park. The rec committee presented each of the present members of the pack with a certificate, along with pack leader Tammy Endres. "The kids had a lot of fun," said Endres to the board, "We will be returning for a second time to finish all the things we thought needed to be done."
The board also continued discussion on the revised town plan, but were unable to reach consensus on some of the proposed changes and will need to reopen discussions at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Once the board can draft their final copy of the plan, they will need to post it online and make it generally available for the people of the town to review. At least 15 days after that point, the board will have a public hearing on their proposed changes to the document, which was approved by the planning commission earlier this year. Scoggins said that the meeting should be a special meeting, as regular select board meetings were already long enough as it is, but board member Mitch Race disagreed, saying that people were often confused about special meetings and that the hearing should occur during one of the regularly scheduled select board meetings. That discussion was put on hold until the final draft is completed.
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