Halifax board hires secretary, addresses quarry correspondence


HALIFAX -- The Selectboard has hired Robin Gabriel as its new secretary.

"She just retired a little while ago, last fall," said Halifax Selectboard Chairman Lewis Sumner. "She said she wanted a little extra income."

Gabriel was the only candidate interviewed at a special board meeting held on March 26. She will be responsible for taking the minutes at board meetings.

The part-time position opened up after previous secretary Jessica Bruno informed the Selectboard she would not be seeking reappointment. The board had announced it would be looking for interested candidates just before its meeting on March 18.

Sumner told the Reformer that Gabriel had office experience as she had worked in an office at C & S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro before retiring.

During the special meeting last week, the Selectboard looked at a piece of mail from lawyers representing the proposed quarry project. The board was sent a questionnaire about safety, fire, security and EMS support within the town. The answers will assist in preparing the official Act 250 application for the project.

The board did not submit any requests for changes to the project plans in the memo sent back to the lawyers. Members of the board did ask to be kept updated as the process moves along.

"We just wanted to know exactly what they were going to do," said Sumner. "We haven't heard any dates yet. We just got confirmation that they'd be sending us a packet."

He did not anticipate any discussion by the Selectboard at its regularly scheduled meeting for April 1.

Besides any discussion sparked during public comment at local meetings, the next time for residents to weigh in will likely be during an Act 250 hearing.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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