Pownal Select Board member, road foreman resign


POWNAL — A Select Board member and the town's longtime road foreman have both resigned.

Select Board member Raymond "R.J." Joly submitted his resignation on March 25. Road Foreman Casey Mattison, who held the title for 17 years, submitted his on March 14 and it took effect March 25.

The full-time road foreman position has been advertised as available. The Select Board is expected to discuss filling the vacancy on the five-member board at tonight's meeting at 7 p.m. In the event of a vacancy, Vermont statute allows for a Select Board to appoint someone to serve until the next election.

In response to an email seeking comment on Wednesday, Joly wrote: "The town has so many internal issues, that it was a waste of my time and energy to be a member of the Select Board."

Joly said his resignation has no connection to Mattison's.

Select Board Chairman Ronald Bisson thanked both Joly and Mattison for their service to the town.

The town has several projects in the works, Bisson noted, including two solar installations on brownfields.

"I'd really like to see a five-member board soon so we can keep moving on them," Bisson said.

Joly had just begun the second year in a three-year term, having been elected in 2015.

In a letter of resignation emailed to the Select Board, Joly took issue with how the town operates, saying that it's "about as poorly run as any government body could possibly be."

In his letter, Joly indicated he was dissatisfied with Select Board members and town employees.

"I believe if a town doesn't want to raise their taxes they should do more with less, and maybe change their way of thinking for the last 100 years," Joly wrote.

Joly, who works as the highway superintendent in Bennington, said that in his role, he has found ways to save money and "get more work done at the same time."

Mattison did not return a call requesting comment.

In a letter of resignation emailed to the Select Board, Mattison thanked residents and officials for their support, said he enjoyed his job very much, and that he will miss the position and the friends he made.

"The town of Pownal is a good town with many good people and it has been my pleasure working for them," Mattison said.

The agenda for Thursday's Select Board meeting includes discussion of appointments for vacant appointed positions. Those include: Health officer for five years starting in May, zoning administrator for three years starting in July, two four-year terms on the Conservation Commission, three four-year terms on the Planning Commission, and two three-year terms on the Development Review Board.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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