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Select Board convenes behind closed doors for planning appointments

KILLINGTON - The Select Board last week reappointed the longtime chairman of the town planning commission and for the first time, appointed a local traffic consultant to the group, following an executive session after their regular meeting.

According to Town Manager Seth Webb, last Tuesday's closed session was warranted for "personnel" discussions regarding the planning commission appointments.

Longtime Chairman David Rosenblum was appointed to serve on the commission for the next four years and so was traffic engineer Jennifer Conley.

It is Conley's first, four-year term on the commission, which is charged with making sure new applications for development comply with town zoning and master planning.

Conley is the president of Conley Associates, Inc., a transportation planning and engineering firm out of Boston and Killington founded 12 years ago.

Conley said in an interview last week that she is most interested in the town's new request for proposals for master planning of the Killington Road.

She said she was eager to weigh in on how to shape the road and would use her 20 years of expertise in the transportation planning field to the commission's benefit.

According to Conley, she was hired by Killington's planning commission prior to her appointment in 2009 to review traffic studies submitted by the developer of the proposed ski village at the base of Killington Peak.

She also said she was "most recently hired by a local businessman to review traffic studies on the village."

Regarding any perceived conflict of interest with any project she has reviewed privately, Conley said she would use her judgment to recuse herself from voting for or against a project proposed by a developer she worked for in the past.

Other appointments made by the Select Board last week include: Marty Post to a two-year seat on the town's Zoning Board of Adjustment, Stephen Nisimblat and Chris Clarke to the town's recreation commission for terms expiring in 2016.

Ken Lee for a one-year term to the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, David Rosenblum for a one-year term on the Rutland Region Transportation Council, Todd Kowalczyk for one year as the town's energy coordinator, Lou Grob and Jon Curtis as fence viewers and weighers of the coal for the next year.

Cristina Kumka is a correspondent for The Mountain Times. She can be reached directly at cristina_kumka@yahoo.com.