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Ebersole’s Seat to Remain Open Till May Election in Lunenburg

January 3, 2019

LUNENBURG -- Officials are looking forward to a productive 2019, despite operating with an open seat on the Board of Selectmen since November.

Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Bob Ebersole stepped down last November, saying that a change in work commitment meant he would have to move out of the area.

Town Manager Heather Lemieux said a replacement for Ebersole would be decided at the annual Town Election in May.

“The Board of Selectmen discussed having a special election, but they voted no due to the cost and the time constraints,” Lemieux said.

The quorum to meet or vote is three members, so the board will operate normally during the interim. The board has five seats.

Among the business officials were hoping to address over the coming months was improved outreach communication with the public, and drafting an action plan for some of the town’s underutilized or vacant buildings, according to Lemieux.

Ebersole was an “invaluable resource” to the town during his tenure, according to Lemieux.

“He had a long history with the town, serving on different boards and committees,” Lemieux said. “He had a great knowledge about the inner workings of town government, and brought a great balance to the board, as well, as far as how he approached issues.”

Ebersole, who was first elected to the board in 2013, was involved in the process of hiring a new town manager, town counsel, and school superintendent during his tenure.

His service to the town began when he joined the Fire Department as an on-call firefighter at age 16. He also served as a reserve officer and served on the Planning Board and Sewer Commission. He later became the town clerk and served as the treasurer and tax collector.

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