Members sworn in at select board meeting 

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt.- Newly elected select board members were sworn in at the March 7 meeting that took place shortly after the polls closed on Town Meeting Day. Elected were: for a one year term: Gaetano Putignano received 360 votes and Ann DiBernardo won with 321 votes. Three year term (unopposed) was Susan Hammond with 410 votes. Select board Chair Lamont Barnett welcomed the newest member Putignano; Putignano has a home and business in the Town of Rockingham.

Putignano told The Shopper that he was, “Excited to see what input a new generation would have on the board.”

New selectboard member Gaetano Putignano. Photo by Joel Slutsky

The organizational meeting resulted in the following statutory appointments: Chair: Lamont Barnett; Vice-Chair: Susan Hammond; Tree Warden: Raymond Perry; Service Officer: Christine Bullard; the review and signing of warrants: Stefan Golec.

The time and place of regular board meetings will continue on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Lower Theater. The Shopper was selected as the official newspaper of record and the Eagle Times as the alternate paper of record. A motion that the Rockingham Select board adopts the Rules of Procedure as printed was passed and The Conflict of Interest Policy and Ethics Code were adopted.

Interim Municipal Manager Shane O’Keefe reported that the recreation center renovations are complete except for some minor exterior work that will need to be done in the spring. He commented that some painting and sealing are still required. The fire trucks for Saxtons River and Rockingham, which were approved at the 2016 Town Meeting, are expected to be delivered by the end of March.

The meeting concluded with an executive session that included the town attorney and interim municipal manager. The session resulted in the following action: authorize the settlement of the pending eviction litigation against Michael Emerson on the following terms: upon payment of the sum of $30,733.93, the town shall dismiss the litigation “with prejudice,” and effect the reversal of the February 10, 2015 tax sales and subsequent tax collector’s deeds of the Emerson property to the Town of Rockingham.

A motion passed that O’Keefe is authorized to execute any and all documents necessary or required to carry out the substance of this motion, subject to the approval of Attorney L. Raymond Massucco. Barnett thanked Massucco and the Emerson family for working together on this and said that this was a “great outcome” to the situation.

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