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Town to Fill Seat in Joint Meeting

January 4, 2019

CHELMSFORD -- The Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will hold a joint meeting Monday to fill a Planning Board seat vacated by a resignation.

“Unfortunately, all things come to an end,” longtime Planning Board member Ed Roux said in his Dec. 3 resignation letter, citing “a continuing decline in (his) health” as his reason for stepping down.

The resignation, effective Dec. 4, also applied to his appointments to the Community Preservation Committee and Vinal Square Strategic Action Plan Committee.

“I want to thank all Chelmsford citizens and members of the town staff for their support and assistance over the last 10 years,” Roux closed the short letter.

Roux’s term was due to expire in April. The Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will meet to appoint someone for the remainder of the term, to serve until the spring town election.

As of Thursday afternoon, the only letter of interest submitted for the seat was from Henry Houle, an associate member of the Planning Board.

Those who are interested in applying for the seat have a number of avenues they can take:

n Send a letter or email to the Planning Board or Board of Selectmen;

n Submit a committee application on the town website ( https://www.townofchelmsford.us/27/Boards-Committees );

n Contact a board member.

Letters of interest can be sent until the meeting, Town Manager Paul Cohen said. Technically, people could just show up and express their interest at the meeting, but it is better to apply in advance, he said.

Regardless of when they apply, applicants should be available for the meeting to introduce themselves and speak to their interest, Cohen said.

The appointment will only be through April 2, he said. Anyone interested in serving after that would have to go through the election process, Cohen said. Nomination papers for town offices became available at the Town Clerk’s Office Wednesday.

The joint meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the selectmen chambers, Room 204, of the town offices at 50 Billerica Road. The boards will also discuss a Feb. 4 Special Town Meeting article that seeks to change a town bylaw regarding the keeping of large farm animals.

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