Lenox seeking candidates for town boards, committees


LENOX — Town Hall is looking for a few good men and women to run for open seats on boards and committees at the annual local election.

Kenneth Fowler, the only Selectboard member whose term expires in May, has returned nomination papers with qualifying signatures for his re-election campaign. He remains unopposed.

So far, the School Committee has only three announced candidates for four open positions.

While Chairman Robert Vaughan has returned nomination papers for his own re-election effort, committee Vice Chairwoman Veronica Fenton has decided not to seek a third three-year term as she embarks on a new career as a full-time educator.

Committee member Molly Elliot, who was appointed last November to fill the unexpired term of the late Jo Anne Magee, has taken out nomination papers for the May 9 town election.

Still to be filled is the seat vacated by School Committee member Michael Moran. He resigned last month, citing a time crunch caused by increased work responsibilities. His term expires in May, but the Selectboard and School Committee plan to hold a joint meeting soon to consider the sole applicant, David Rimmler, for a short-term appointment.

"With two young boys, one in and one poised to enter the [Lenox school] system next year, I have a real vested interest in their educational experience both now and in the future," Rimmler wrote in a letter of interest to Vaughan.

The former chemical industry executive described himself as a stay-at-home dad now, by agreement with his wife, "and frankly I sometimes feel I've won the lottery."

Vaughan expressed the hope that additional candidates may emerge.

"We feel we have a good committee and we hope to keep the dialogue going in a civil fashion," he said.

The School Committee has seven seats — current members whose terms do not expire in May are Neal Maxymillian, Robert Munch and Francie Sorrentino.

Town Moderator John McNinch has not yet taken out nomination papers for re-election to a one-year term.

John Tansey, a Finance Committee member, has applied for a temporary appointment to fill a Planning Board vacancy. He has taken out nomination papers for election to a five-year term on that board and plans to step down from the Finance Committee. A joint meeting of the Planning Board and the Selectboard will vote on his temporary appointment on at 7 p.m. March 9.

Plannjng Board member Mark Smith, whose five-year term expires in May, said he has decided not to seek re-election.

Also on the May ballot will be a three-year assessor post currently held by Jim Sorrentino; a five-year Housing Authority position held by Diana Kirby, who has taken out nomination papers for re-election, and a three-year Board of Health spot now filled by Dianne Romeo.

Nomination papers are available at Town Hall from Town Clerk Kerry Sullivan. They must be picked up no later than March 18 and submitted with the signatures of 21 registered Lenox voters by April 4.

Residents who are not registered to vote at the annual town meeting on May 5 and the town election four days later have until April 15 to do so.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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