Selectman Chairman Colleen Thompson announced at Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting she will not seek re-election. Thompson has served one term on the board. Thompson, in her 2014 campaign said, “I ran because I felt the current board needed a different point of view.”
As well as being Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Thompson also chairs the Public Safety Building Committee, that is planning the building of a new police station for the town.
Another position unexpectedly became open Monday night. Town Clerk Tara Shaw came before the board early into the meeting with what she described as “time sensitive” news.
Marilyn Browne from the Finance Committee gave her letter of resignation, which means there will now be three positions on that committee on the ballot in May’s town election.
Shaw told selectmen, “This means there will now be two Finance Committee positions for three year terms and one for two years.” She also said the deadline to submit nomination papers is Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Selectman Clerk John Traynor said, “The board regretfully accepts the resignation.” The Board as a whole all expressed how much Browne will be missed.
Joy Marble is new COA Director
Selectmen were able to fill an appointed position Monday night. Joy Marble of Halifax was appointed as Chairman of the Council on Aging.
Marble brings a decade of experience to the position as she had chaired the Halifax Council on Aging for ten years. She also brings private sector experience as a former paralegal and human resources supervisor.
Marble graduated from Silver Lake Regional High and is an alumna of Bridgewater State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.
Public Safety Updates
During executive session, Fire Chief Warren Borsari met with selectmen and presented a budget to the finance committee. More work was discussed to make sure emergency services do not drop to basic level life support.
Selectmen also confirmed that every office and meeting room in the Plympton Town Hall now has a panic button installed. Thompson said that the Police department will know exactly where an incident is based on which panic button is pushed. In addition to these installations, there are also plans for the old system to be moved to the library.