Selectmen Elect Johnson to Fourth Term as Board Chair
Tewksbury looks at Community Cleanup Day.
With colleagues praising his leadership and communication skills, Todd Johnson was unanimously elected to a fourth term as chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
Johnson thanked his fellow board members and said he considered it "an honor" to be able to continue top serve as chairman.
"Todd puts in a lot of extra time and a lot of extra effort," said Selectman Scott Wilson. "It's appreciated by the board members."
Selectwoman Anne Marie Stronach said this past week she had been asked by a few residents who would be elected to serve as chairman for the upcoming year.
"I told them, 'why do we need a new quarterback when we have Tom Brady?'" she said.
Johnson's election was the first order of business at Tuesday night's Selectmen's meeting. Shortly thereafter, the board elected David Gay as vice chairman and newly re-elected Doug Sears as board clerk.
In other business:
- Selectman David Gay suggested that the town establish a Community Cleanup Day. He said it might be an excellent outlet for high school students looking to add volunteer service to their college resume. Anne Marie Stronach suggested that it might dovetail well with the town's Zero Waste Day.
- Town Manager Richard Montuori updated selectmen on the sewer debt shift issue. A ballot question on the matter passed at the election on Saturday. Montuori said an article will be placed on the Annual Town Meeting warrant to ask voters for permission to petition the Legislature for a Home Rule Petition needed to execute the 50 percent debt shift.
- Stronach announced that the Green Committee will be making a presentation to the selectmen at their April 19 meeting. the presentation will be in advance of a Town Meeting warrant article, once again asking voters to approve the measures needed for the town to achieve Green Community status.
- Selectman Scott Wilson announced that the Special Act Charter Committee would host its first public information session on April 27, regarding changes being considered for the Town Charter. Wilson also announced that newly elected Town Clerk Denise Graffeo not to serve on the committee because her husband is already on the committee.
- Chairman Todd Johnson announced that Jim Wentworth has resigned from the Economic Development Commission.
- The board approved an application for a Memorial Day Parade to be held on May 30, at 2 p.m.
- The board approved a common victualer's license transfer for Bianca's Roast Beef, 2312, Main St.
- The board approved an application by Scott Braker to serve as a town constable.