Mayoral appointments approved
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | April 02,2013
The city got a new attorney and a new public works commissioner Monday as the Board of Aldermen approved all of Mayor Christopher Louras’ appointments.
Alderman Charles Romeo promptly resigned and moved over two seats once the votes were counted in his unanimous confirmation as the successor to City Attorney Andrew Costello, whose last day was last week. Romeo, a deputy state’s attorney, abstained from the vote as well as all those dealing with the Police Commission.
Louras, as he said he would when he put Romeo’s name forward, nominated Melinda Humphrey to fill Romeo’s seat. A Green Mountain Power employee, Humphrey fell just shy of joining the board in the March election.
Former mayor Jeffrey Wennberg was unanimously confirmed at public works commissioner, with sitting Commissioner Evan Pilachowski to return to his previous post as city engineer.
Wennberg’s was the only nomination to prompt any comment from the public at the meeting. Beth Barra, part of the group lobbying against the use of chloramine in the city water, objected to statements by Wennberg that he would use chloramine if it became necessary to make the city comply with federal regulations.
“I have a feeling the vote is already sort of decided, but, anyway, I wanted to have my two cents in,” she said.
The closest votes were the ones giving Larry Jensen another term on the Police Commission and another term as that body’s chairman, both of which passed 7-3. Thomas Calcagni was returned to the Police Commission by a vote is 8-2.
Recreation Superintendent EJay Bishop won another term, 9-2.
All other nominations, including Henry Heck for another term as city clerk, James Simonds for another term as building and zoning administrator and members on the Development Review Board, Planning Commission and Rutland Redevelopment Authority were unanimous.
None of the appointments were debated from the floor and the votes were all conducted by secret ballot.
Louras also nominated Mary Moran to fill a vacancy on the Rutland Housing Authority. That nomination, along with Humphrey’s, was tabled for two weeks in accordance with the charter.