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October 6 Mountain Musings

The Town of Killington's Interim Town Manager, Seth Webb, has been working with the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to quickly identify an extremely qualified person with extensive management experience in municipal, state and federal government who would be hired as Interim Assistant Town Manager. This identified person has a very strong background in municipal operations, transportation planning and fiscal planning. This candidate has served as a Town Manager for 9 plus years, including managing FEMA reimbursement for flood damage.

The Town of Killington welcomes our Interim Assistant Town Manager, Melvin E. Adams, who started in this new position on September 26, 2011 for a six month contract to support the road reconstruction and FEMA reimbursement as well as supporting  the administration and finance needs of the town. Mel has over 40 years of experience managing complex organizations and programs including operations and maintenance, municipal management, research and development, fiscal operations and programming, and transportation planning. He has executive level experience dealing first hand with community, state and federal leadership.  Among Mel's multitude of past experience includes a full career in the U.S. military with a focus as Director of Operations in the U.S. Army; Mel served as  Director of the Vermont Office of Stimulus and Recovery; Director of Policy and Planning for the Vermont Agency of Transportation; Town Manager of the Town of Randolph, Vermont, and Town Manager of Pittsford, Vermont.

Mel is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with a BS in Biology; Mel earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Vermont; he is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute/Snelling Center for Government; a graduate of the Command and General Staff College of the U.S. Army; a graduate of Northeastern University Executive Development Residency Program at the Center for Management Development. At present Mel is a member of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Northfield, Vermont.

Mel's six month contract provides the stability the town needs in the short term to effectively manage both the transition of Town Manager and the tropical storm Irene recovery efforts and also well position us to make the best decision on how to move forward with the Assistant Town Manager in the long term. The salaried hire of this position at $45,000 annually fits well within the town's fiscal limits, and the town would not be obligated to pay his health care or dental benefits.

Please join me in welcoming Mel Adams as our new Interim Assistant Town Manager.


The Town of Killington Road Crews have been very hard at work for over a month now, repairing the damage to our roads and bridges that occurred during tropical storm Irene. They have been putting in a lot of overtime hours, and patience is needed for all of the roads to be fixed. Giving these guys a thumbs up when you see them working on the road repairs would be very uplifting and a sign of appreciation to the whole crew.

October 24 Killington Votes

There will be a Special Town Meeting of the Town of Killington on October 24, 2011 to vote on the following Article: "Shall the voters of the Town of Killington authorize a 40 day grace period for the imposition of eight percent commission levied on delinquent taxes in accordance with 32 V.S.A. 1674(3)(B)?  Absentee ballots are available at the Killington Town Office on River Road.

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