Readsboro is looking to fill positions
by Jack Deming
Mar 15, 2014 | 11142 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
READSBORO- If you want to have your building plans approved, or you’d like to obtain a zoning permit in Readsboro, you may be out of luck for the time being. Following a trend that has affected other rural Vermont towns, Readsboro has a grave shortage of members for both its development review board and planning commission.

According to selectboard chair David Marchegiani, the shortage is indicative of Readsboro’s rural nature, which causes some to just not have time to give to these sometimes complicated positions. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that there are not a lot of local jobs,” said Marchegiani. “A lot of people work out of town and they have to travel to work. “It’s also hard to get people to volunteer because some are working two jobs, have a family, and a home.

“There’s not a ton of time involved with these positions, but there is some time.”

With only one member left on each of these boards, the town would like to see five members on each with two alternatives. The town is also looking for candidates for health officer and junk ordinance officer.

Another of the town’s biggest needs is a third selectboard member. After former selectboard chair Teddy Hopkins decided not to run for reelection at Town Meeting, a write-in election saw another former chair, Ray Eilers, win with 40 votes, while Hopkins received 37. Twenty-three other names received scattered amounts of one to four votes as well. Eilers wrote to the selectboard to turn down the appointment, compelling the selectboard to put out a public notice for candidates within 10 days. Candidates for the selectboard, DRB, or any other position, will need to send a letter or email to the selectboard or town clerk Amber Holland by March 19 at 5:30 pm to throw their hat in the ring.

Helyn Strom-Henriksen and Marchegiani are the only current members of the selectboard, and will choose a third member from the list of those who express interest at their 6:30 pm meeting on March 19.

The position is for a one-year term and Marchegiani says there are some criteria they will consider. “We would like to see someone with previous selectboard experience, but we could also train a strong newcomer.” Marchegiani also said having a business background is not a prerequisite, but would help. “It also helps if people apply who have attended meetings before. We want people willing to put time and effort into the position.”

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