Stiles re-appointed as Shaftsbury zoning administrator

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SHAFTSBURY — The Select Board has re-appointed Zoning Administrator Shelly Stiles for a three-year term.

The motion, which was made by Tony Krulikowski and seconded by Ken Harrington at the board's meeting on Monday, was approved unanimously.

"Shelly Stiles, our zoning administrator who has been with us three years, is probably the best person I've seen in that job over my 15-year period of serving on the Planning Commission," said Planning Commission Chairman Chris Williams. "She understands how town government works and she understands how it relates to the state entity and what the limits of town government are. In that respect, she is really valuable to us."

Stiles was originally hired by the board in Sept. 2014 to replace Zoning Administrator David Kiernan, who had resigned from the position to accept a job as town administrator, a position he continues to hold.

According to Shaftsbury's website, the zoning administrator is responsible for administering and enforcing the town's zoning bylaws, approving or denying applications of zoning permits, and educating the public and assisting those who apply for permits through the process. The zoning administrator has the authority to initiate legal action against those suspected of being in violation of any bylaws.

"She is good at helping the public," said Williams. "Zoning is kind of an opaque area and the general public only has a slight understanding of it. Shelly's very good at helping people with the application process, and if they have to go before the (Development Review Board) explaining what might be involved there."

Stiles has served as the district manager of the Bennington County Conservation District since 1993.

When Stiles was first hired, she told the board, "There isn't a community in the county that I don't have a really deep affection for, and Shaftsbury is no exception. I would be pleased to do my best to be of service to the residents of Shaftsbury."

In response to her initial hiring, Select Board Chairman Tim Scoggins issued the following statement: "The Shaftsbury Selectboard has, at the recommendation of the Planning Commission appointed Shelly Stiles as our new zoning administrator. Shelly has 20 years of experience in dealing with local land issues as the District Manager for the Bennington County Conservation District. We look forward to working with her in her new role."

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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