Manchester Select Board member Todd Nebraska recently tendered his resignation and has stepped down creating an opening on the five-person board.
Nebraska’s work has taken him out of town and he has often been attending Zoom meetings from hotel rooms.
But in his resignation letter to board chair Ivan Beattie, he said his family is moving out of Manchester.
“As I discussed with you, Terri and I have decided to relocate to Middlebury to be closer to my work,” Nebraska said.
His resignation was effective March 19.
“It has been an honor to be entrusted by the voters of Manchester to represent their interests on the Select Board,” Nebraska wrote. “I wish nothing but the best for the Town and I will always have fond memories of my time serving on both the Select Board and Planning Commission.”
The Select Board addressed the resignation at its March 23 meeting, but did not finalize any plans to find a replacement for Nebraska’s seat.
“If we were further through the year we might opt to let the vacancy ride through the election but we’re looking at a whole year,” Beattie said.
Janet Hurley, Manchester’s zoning administrator and planning director, worked closely with Nebraska for the years he served on the town’s Planning Commission.
“Todd was instrumental in putting the zoning on the right course for this town,” Hurley said. “He worked on that very diligently for four or five years before he went to the Select Board. I want to recognize him for having done that.”
Beattie said Nebraska had told him “quite some time ago,” that he was considering moving to make his commute easier.
“He really enjoyed serving on the board and if he could continue to do so he was happy to do that, but he fully understood that once he was no longer a Manchester resident he could no longer continue to serve on the board,” Beattie said.
“I respect him for letting me know in advance and I also respect him for everything he’s done with the Planning Commission and the Select Board,” Beattie said. “That’s going to be a tough spot to fill.”
The board will be announcing its plans to fill the spot soon, as well as several other open seats on various town boards that have openings.