Middlebury fills key committees, boards

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard recently appointed citizens to a variety of town boards and commissions.
In the case of most boards and commissions, the number of applicants equaled the number of available positions. But there were five applicants for three available seats on the Middlebury Development Review Board, and the outcome of the selectboard’s vote at its April 28 meeting raised a few eyebrows.
The selectboard returned incumbents Scott Foster and Kevin Newton to new three-year terms on the DRB, but a majority picked new candidate David Hamilton over incumbent DRB Vice Chairman Howard “Skip” Brush. Also finishing out of the running was Heather Seeley, a former candidate for the Middlebury selectboard who has been a frequent attendee of selectboard meetings.
Brush made some headlines last year for petitioning a revote on the Middlebury town office/recreation center project. The project was affirmed upon revote and site work is currently proceeding for both the new municipal building on Main Street and new recreation center on Creek Road.
Other appointees included Nancy Malcolm and Chris Robbins to the planning commission; Chris Zeoli and Ann Barakat to the Design Advisory Committee; Ted Davis, David Hamilton and Karl Neuse as delegates to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission; Eric Murray as Addison County Solid Waste Management District representative; Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley as first constable; Chris Zeoli as tree warden; and Ted Dunakin as zoning administrator;
Appointed to the town Energy Committee were Selectwoman Laura Asermily, Jono Chapin, Jeremy Rathbun, R.J. Adler, Diane Munroe, Ross Conrad, Howard Weidlitz, Chris Robbins and Jason Kaye.

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