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New faces in town positions

Several new residents were recently appointed to a town board, task force and civic position.

Michael Sinopoli was appointed as first constable, a position that has been empty—or briefly held—for years.

The position is an elected one, but no one has run for the spot in recent years. In 2000, Williston residents voted to prohibit the first constable from exercising law enforcement authority. The first constable does, however: assist the town’s health officer, a position held by Terry Macaig; remove “disorderly people from town meeting”; and destroy injured deer or other animals under certain situations, among other possible duties.

Sinapoli’s term would run through March, when he would then have to run for election.

The Selectboard also appointed resident Claire Forbes as the newest member of the Development Review Board.

The Selectboard also appointed new members to the new Housing Trust Fund Task Force, formed to look into the possibility of establishing a Housing Trust Fund in Williston to support affordable housing development.

The committee includes Selectboard members Debbie Ingram and Jeff Fehrs and Development Review Board member Scott Rieley. It also includes Charlie Magill and Ken Sassorossi, both former members of the Affordable Housing Task Force. Last week, the Selectboard rounded out the committee with Ted Brady, USDA rural development state director for Vermont and New Hampshire, and Benjamin King, an attorney.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff