ANDOVER – What was once a three-member board of selectmen is now two.

With Donna Libby’s resignation, the town is scrambling to find someone interested in serving. In a Sept. 30 letter, Libby, who was elected in July, stated she was resigning effective immediately.

“It is with sincere regret that I must resign from my position due to personal reasons,” she said in the letter. Libby noted that she would continue helping with projects and committees as needed, and would resume her position as a citizen on the benefits and wages committee. Her vacant position on the Budget Committee has been filled.

“I hate to see her go,” Selectman Trudy Akers said at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting.

Resident Jackie Gammon pointed out there have been numerous resignations from boards and committees recently in Andover and wondered why.

“We’ve lost a lot of good people on the committees. We need to get a handle on this,” Gammon said.

Chairwoman Susan Merrow agreed.

“It’s definitely a crisis in town as far as I’m concerned,” she said.

The town will have an election for a selectman Nov. 4. People interested in running should contact Elaine Morton at the Town Office for nomination papers. Papers must be turned into the Town Office not less than 14 days before the election date.

In other business, selectmen debated whether to lock into a contract price for fuel, which will have a significant impact on the town budget.

Road Commissioner Marshall Meisner suggested setting a price of $5 per gallon to allow for a worst-case scenario, with any leftover money to be put into surplus.

The board decided to allow departments to budget for fuel at the $5 per gallon figure.

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