City council picks Perry as senior alderman

VERGENNES — In addition to deciding to move ahead with a city park for preschoolers, Vergennes aldermen at their meeting Tuesday evening also:
•Elected Renny Perry as senior alderman. Perry will stand in as mayor if needed at meetings when Mayor Bill Benton is absent. Randy Ouellette held the post in recent years, but chose not to run for another term.
•Re-appointed City Manager Mel Hawley as delinquent tax collector and tree warden, Christine Bradford as the council’s representative on the Bixby Library board, Cheryl Brinkman as the city’s representative on the Addison County Solid Waste Management District board, and Hawley and Benton as the Vergennes members of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission board.
•Approved a proposal by local tennis professional Franz Collas to run a fee-based, seven-week youth tennis program on the city’s two tennis courts, beginning in late June and running through early August. Courts will be reserved for the program from 9 a.m. until noon on weekdays, assuming registration goes as Collas hopes.

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