ROXBURY – On Wednesday, the day after selectmen appointed a third member to the Planning Board to fill the seat vacated by Chairman Barry Bunten, another planner abruptly resigned.

Town Clerk Nina Hodgkins said that Bunten and planner Randy Orr, a hospital electrician, left due to work constraints.

Bunten, a union pipefitter who owns a construction company, said Wednesday afternoon that he can no longer serve on the board because he must travel long distances to find work due to the economy and a lack of construction jobs.

“Both are going to be a big loss for us,” planner Mark Henry said Wednesday from his job in Bangor. “Randy was on the Planning Board for four or five years.”

At Tuesday night’s meeting, selectmen appointed Mat Patenaude to the Planning Board. With Orr’s departure, Henry now has the most experience: one year.

The departures of Bunten and Orr and Patenaude’s appointment were news to Henry.

He said he also wasn’t aware that Bunten had scheduled a Planning Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to set times and dates for a public hearing and town meeting on a state-mandated flood plain enactment schedule.

Henry said he was also concerned that until selectmen can appoint another planner, it’s possible the board cannot conduct business because Patenaude, a Roxbury firefighter, may be called out to accidents or fires during meetings.

Hodgkins said that any Roxbury resident who wants to serve on the Planning Board should contact her at the town office, because selectmen don’t meet again until Tuesday, March 24.

In other business, selectmen at Tuesday night’s meeting made the following appointments:

• Hodgkins as administrative assistant.

• Raymond Carver as fire chief and emergency management technician civil defense director.

• Dale Roberts as assistant fire chief.

• Richard Kent as plumbing inspector and code enforcement officer, a position last held by Bunten.

• Susan Milligan as animal control officer.

• Mary Touchette as health officer and Northern Oxford Solid Waste Board member.

Roxbury lacks a school board director and one position on the Board of Appeals.

Additionally, with frost is leaving the ground, signs were being placed Wednesday on Horseshoe Valley, Old County and Canwell Hill roads and on both ends of Pond Road, Hodgkins said.


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