April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Council members look for community board volunteers
With the start of a new year is a time for new appointments to the town's board and commissions. At Tuesday' night's council meeting, J.T. Doane, the town manager, presented a list of residents interested in being appointed, or reappointed to the town planning commission, board of zoning appeals, the Economic Development Income Tax committee and a newly forming economic development commission.
But new council members Nellie Meek and Ed Johnson asked to hold off on the approval of the list of appointments, seeking more time to find new blood from the community.
Johnson, a Democrat who just took office, said that he has had several people approach him, both during the campaign last fall and since then, explaining that they felt like the people serving on the town's committees and boards was a too narrow slice of the community.
"One of the things they said was, the town board keeps reappointing people into these committees and they don't branch out any," Johnson said. "And they feel like there should be new people brought into these committees every time."
Meek, who also took office this year, said that one of her campaign promises was to find younger people and get them engaged in the business of town government.
The council agreed to table the recommendations until next months' meeting to widen the search for volunteer board members.
In other business, the Town Council:
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