Killington expands economic board
By Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | April 26,2013
KILLINGTON — The town has restructured the Economic Development and Tourism Commission.
The Select Board this week voted unanimously to expand the commission from four members to five.
There is no change in the commission’s mission to advise the Select Board, Town Manager Seth Webb and the community on issues associated with generating more business, particularly during the late spring, summer and fall when Killington Ski Resort and Pico Mountain see less traffic.
“The Select Board doesn’t have time to take care of all of its business and handle economic development,” Webb said during a 30-minute discussion involving the board and members of the public Tuesday.
In 2011, the Select Board approved the organizational policy for a four-person commission, which is open to residents of Killington, property owners, lease holders and anyone who owns, manages or works at a business in town, is a town employee or works in a professional capacity that would benefit the town.
The commission is advisory only and has no oversight of town employees. Currently, it only has two members: Nicole Levesque and Robert Megnin.
“The commission gives people a way to build plans up and get some steam behind them,” said Selectwoman Patty McGrath. “What we’re trying to do is bring a more diverse group together and think about economic development.”
Audience member Vito Rasenas was unimpressed.
“What I see here is kind of rearranging the furniture,” Rasenas said. “Rather than have all of this advisory and all of these people involved, we have a professional like Seth (Webb) to give direction to the town. For me, it’s going backwards.”
“I think this commission could be helpful in setting policy for the town,” Webb said. “I think it’s creating a place where we can put a framework on the town’s strategic plans and solicit citizen input.”