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The Lee Select Board will spend the next two weeks pulling together a strategic plan for finding a successor to Chris Ketchen and what to do in the interim until a new town administrator is found. Lee was forced to seek its own day-to-day town hall boss after Lenox pulled the plug on a shared administrator agreement. Ketchen’s last day in Lee is Sept. 26.

Lee Select Board likely to begin search for a town administrator now that Lenox has opted out of a shared-municipal boss with Lee.  Current and former Lee Select Board members laud Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Ketchen for managing two towns at once. Past selectmen David Consolati and Thomas Wickham say they understand why Lenox pulled out of the agreement

The Lakehouse Inn in Lee wants the state Land Court in Boston to overturn the Lee Select Board's May 4 decision to grant a special permit to Forest Wilde LLC to convert the Cork 'N Hearth restaurant next door into a retail recreational store and manufacturing facility. The court has scheduled a Zoom hearing on the appeal for 2:30 p.m. on July 29, Judge T. Smith presiding.

Forest Wilde now finds itself caught between the legal action and the possible need to seek permission from the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals to manufacture and sell cannabis products. Lenox municipal officials want a say in whether to allow the pot shop to open because part of the restaurant lies within their town.


opes of flipping the town into the opposition column regarding a proposed toxic waste landfill are now hanging on Thursday’s annual town meeting.

The Lee Select Board has rejected a request by its newest member calling for the town to join citizen opposition to the landfill plan — a move that was endorsed during last year’s annual town meeting.

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One of the four Lee residents suing the Select Board over backing a proposed PCB landfill now sits on that very same panel.

Challenger Robert Jones easily won a three-year term, defeating 12-year board veteran, Chairman David Consolati, 688 to 269 in Monday’s annual town election.