WILTON — There are 10 days left to file nomination papers for two seats on the Board of Selectpersons, Town Manager Rhonda Irish told the board Tuesday.

No one has filed papers yet, she said.

Nomination papers are available for two selectpersons and one Regional School Unit 9 director.

The terms of Selectpersons Tiffany Maiuri and Scott Taylor are up, as well as that of school Director Cherianne Harrison, she said.

Maiuri and Harrison have indicated their intention to run again, but Taylor will not be running, she said. 

The three seats are for three years each. 

Anyone interested in running for one of the seats must return nomination papers to the Town Office by 5 p.m. Friday, April 29. The papers must be signed by at least 25 Wilton voters but not more than 75.

The election will take place in June.

In other business, Irish announced personnel changes.

After Assistant Town Manager Barbara Vining retired at the end of February, interviews were held to fill the open position. Water Clerk Linda Bureau has been promoted to replace her, with the title of deputy treasurer, Irish said.

Counter clerk Michelle Leavitt has been promoted to fill Bureau’s position and Cindy Greer was hired as counter clerk, Irish said.

Town Clerk Diane Dunham will also serve as tax collector and Leavitt as deputy election clerk, Irish said.

Police Officer Gary Allen has submitted his resignation to the Wilton Police Department, effective June 1, she said.

Interviews for a code enforcement officer are being conducted. Irish expects the board to consider a new appointment at its next meeting.

The board agreed with Irish’s decision to keep the town’s current animal control officers rather than adopting a regional approach.

Last fall, Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. suggested a new approach to animal control with member towns paying a county regional animal control officer what they currently pay for animal control, she said.

Wilton has two animal control officers. One works from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the other from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and is on call on weekends. Residents may call Franklin County Regional Dispatch Center and an animal control officer will be dispatched, she said.

Irish and Police Chief Heidi Wilcox have attended a couple of meetings held by Nichols, who proposed that local animal control issues could be covered by the Franklin Country Sheriff’s Office, but Irish felt that since the system is working, there was no need to change it. She was told the town could join at any time so she suggested waiting to see how it works out.

Board members agreed while voicing concerns about response time if a county animal control officer was in another town. They also felt regionalization should mean less costs for the town instead of paying what the town does now.

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