Hall finished with work on Rutland Town Select Board
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | December 31,2012
Rutland Town Selectman James Hall said he has paid his dues.
Hall, 72, has announced he will not seek another term on the board.
“Several years ago, when I was living in Royalton, I served 12 years on the board there,” he said. “I’ve been on the board here six and I think it’s time to do a little less, for my own well-being’s sake. None of us are getting any younger, me included.”
The semi-retired bus driver said he has enjoyed serving the town, and that overall it was a good experience. He said he will miss the regular contact he had with various people as part of the job, but will not miss the meetings.
“There’s a lot of meetings,” he said. “If you do that for a while, it tends to get old. It’s time for someone to step up. There’s a lot of qualified people in town.”
In fact, Hall said he considered several people in town more qualified to serve on the board than he is, but that for some reason they never choose to run.
The other board member up for re-election, two-term Selectman Joe Dicton, said Friday he had begun circulating petitions to appear on the March ballot.
Hall said some friends initially talked him into running for the board in 2007, six years after he moved to town. He won the only contested race on the ballot that year, overcoming a challenge by Lynette Gallipo.