Bristol planning chair Wells resigns

BRISTOL — Bristol Planning Commission Chair Tom Wells resigned on Wednesday after eight years serving on the commission and four years heading it.
This decision comes after Wells missed the past three meetings for work-related reasons. It also comes after Vice-chair Chico Martin, leading the Nov. 15 planning commission meeting in Wells’ absence, potentially violated the state open meeting law when he refused to let a member of the public ask a question.
In a letter to the Bristol selectboard, Wells explained that he decided to resign when he realized that an increased workload as an attorney would inhibit him from fulfilling his town duties. In addition to this work, he also said that he felt now was a good time to leave the commission because the proposed town plan was recently passed onto the selectboard for its approval.
“With the plan now on its way to the selectboard and (heading to) the voters again by next fall’s election, it does seem like the right time to tender my resignation, and I am herewith doing so,” he wrote.
“I am fully cognizant that I am not just leaving the board, but the chairmanship and leaving that position to be filled by the present vice-chair, or new chair to be selected by the board.”
More on this story will be available in a future edition of the Addison Independent. Reporter Andrew Stein is at [email protected]

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