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Goshen voters approve economic development panel
Litchfield.bz (08-07-19)


Goshen’s new economic development commission is expected to swing into action in the next few weeks.
 
The commission’s five regular members and two alternate members will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen within four weeks in the wake of voters approving a proposed ordinance establishing the commission.
 
Approval came during a town meeting on Monday at Goshen Center School. The vote in favor of the proposal was 56-32.
 
The new commission will advocate for existing business in town and encourage new business that would be appropriate for Goshen. The panel will be advisory in nature and will have no regulatory authority.
 
Selectmen are seeking residents who may be interested in serving on the commission. After being appointed, the commission’s members will serve until November 2020. The annual town meeting that month will elect the commission’s members to three-year terms.
 
The town meeting also saw voters elect Michael Bergin to fill a vacancy on the Region 6 Board of Education through June 2021. Bergin earned the seat by outpolling Craig Robillard, 32-31. Robillard served on the board for seven years before losing his seat in a vote at the town meeting in May.
 
In the third vote of Monday’s town meeting, voters approved a proposal by the selectmen to lease town property to the Board of Education for a solar array that will provide power to Goshen Center School. As part of the lease, Region 6 will maintain the town-owned tennis courts located net to the school gym.