Clarendon constable switches hats
By SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | March 16,2013
CLARENDON — The newest member of the town’s Select Board can no longer serve as first constable.
Selectman Rick Wilbur announced his resignation as constable at the board’s annual reorganizational meeting this week.
“You can’t be first constable and selectman at the same time,” he said.
Municipal officials indicated Second Constable Chuck Hall may be interested in an appointment to the post. Hall was not present and the board agreed to revisit the matter at the next meeting.
The five-member board named Selectman Michael Klopchin as the board chairman. Selectman Robert Bixby was named board clerk and Linda Trombley was appointed administrative assistant.
Following the appointments, the board entered executive session with Road Commissioner Daryl Tripp and the town’s road crew for a “personnel issue.”
Fifteen minutes later, officials exited the closed door session and announced a reshuffling of the road crew’s work week.
“The road crew is looking to have a four-day work week,” Klopchin said.
The four-member crew will work 10-hour days Mondays through Thursdays and will be on call Fridays.
Klopchin characterized it as “an experiment.”He said there was the option of two crew members working Mondays through Thursdays and the other two working Tuesdays through Fridays.
A citizen questioned the legality of board members entering executive session to discuss the matter.
Klopchin responded that it was a personnel issue related to a “change of contract.”
In other business, Bixby announced the results of a town meeting exit poll related to the rehabilitation or relocation of municipal offices.
Of the 80 respondents, 45 preferred to maintain the present Middle Road location, while 35 favored a new site.