Council Makes and Waits on Appointments

The Londonderry Town Council appointed 19 people to serve on town boards and commissions during their Monday night, Dec. 18 meeting.
Four committees – the Senior Resources Committee, the Heritage Commission, the Conservation Commission and the town’s delegation to the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission – are now full.
The Senior Resources Committee saw Tammy Siekmann and Dick Flores re-appointed to full members, while Rachel Behrens and James Green were appointed as new full-time members.
On the Heritage Commission, Sue Joudrey and Margaret McGarry were appointed as full-time members and Snehal Patel was appointed as an alternate.

The Conservation Commission had Eugene Harrington and Richard Floyd appointed as full-time members and Raymond Brown, Jocelyn Demas and Mike Speltz appointed as alternates.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission had room for three alternates, and those positions were filled by Martin Srugis, Suzanne Brunelle and Brian Batagglia.
Dan Root was reappointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority as a full-time member, but there are still some open positions.
Council also appointed Ron Campo, Kevin Foley and Chantal Haussler to full-time positions on the Recreation Commission, but still needs to act on one full-time and one alternate position.
Town Manager Kevin Smith said the town began posting vacancies and “end of term” announcements for all of the boards and commissions online a few years ago and consistently now sees people volunteering to serve.
Two boards that didn’t see any new appointments were the planning and zoning boards. Town council members delayed a vote on those appointments, citing a potential conflict of interest.
One applicant for both the planning and zoning boards, Jacob Butler, has done some work at council members’ properties.
Councilman Tom Dolan said he wasn’t sure there would be a conflict, but he wanted to check with the town’s lawyer first.
“It might seem like we’re being overly cautious, but we should make sure we’re doing the right thing,” he said, while acknowledging, “They may come back and say there wasn’t a problem.”
The Council agreed to postpone votes on the planning and zoning board appointments to the next meeting, which is Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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