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
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
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
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