Wilton board appoints RSU 9 Director


WILTON — On Tuesday, the Board of Selectpersons appointed Cherieann Harrison to serve as a Regional School Unit 9 director until an election in June, Town Manager Rhonda Irish said.

Harrison was one of five people who sought the position left by James Black, Irish said. Black was elected in 2013 for a three-year term. In June, others can run for a one-year seat to complete the term.

The board previously considered Jan Collins and Betty Shibles, along with Harrison, but held off the appointment because Shibles was not present, Irish said. Shibles has since withdrawn her application.

Last week, Robert Pond and Margaret Donaghue expressed interest but the board said the application deadline had passed, Irish said.

The board also approved contracting with Darryl Stirling of Richmond for the new part-time position of community development infrastructure director for six months, Irish said.

Sterling does private economic and community development consultation work.

His duties will include helping to develop and implement a relevant economic marketing strategy for the Downtown Village District, including gateway areas described as East Wilton, the intersections of Route 2 with Route 156 and Route 2 with Maxwell Road.

He will also be tasked with planning for community development infrastructure needs in Wilton, East Wilton and East Dixfield; proactively seeking grant funding opportunities, pursuing other private/public funding opportunities for infrastructure development and promoting the continued development of the town’s natural resources.

The board agreed to spend $12,000 for the contracted position, she said. The amount includes mileage.

It will be funded by the town’s Comfort Inn Tax Increment Financing credit enhancement agreement which has $161,000, she said.

To start, Irish intends for Sterling to meet with town businesses and local groups and organizations to get their input on the town’s infrastructure needs. He will also work with the Downtown Plan, created a few years ago, although his work will not be confined to just the downtown, she said.

In other business, the board signed a warrant for a special town meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Academy Hill School to decide on funding for the purchase of a quint firetruck.

Irish also informed the board of a new policy that allows Public Works Foreman Dale Roberts to drive a firetruck to a structure fire in Wilton or major accident on Route 2, when needed, she said. 

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