New Market panel recommends appointment, awards funds

The New Market Finance and Personnel Committee on Tuesday recommended Danny Rice to serve out the remainder of Ron Gore’s term on the town’s Planning Commission, said Chad Neese, New Market’s town planner.

The opening is the result of Gore’s July 14 resignation due to his not being able to attend meetings and/or having to leave meetings early, according to Neese.

Rice serves as chairman for the town’s Historic Overlay District Review Board. Town Council will vote on Rice’s appointment at its next scheduled meeting Aug. 15.

“Ron Gore served on the Planning Commission from September 2008 – July 2016, and he will be greatly missed,” Neese stated in an email Tuesday. “His current term is set to expire at the end of December 2018. If Mr. Rice is appointed to the Planning Commission by the Town Council, it would be for the unexpired portion of Mr. Gore’s term.”

The Economic Development Committee also met to award $5,000 in Facade Enhancement Grant funding to several local businesses.

“Trudy Burgess of Still River Days Antiques at 9438 S. Congress Street was awarded $486 for the replacement of an awning on the front of the building,” Neese stated. “Anne Sherman was awarded $2,257 for the restoration of windows at 9535 S. Congress Street and Joy Green was awarded $2,257 for the installation of siding at 9292 N. Congress Street. The applicant will need to cover the costs upfront and then they are reimbursed by the Town after the work has been completed.”

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