Town leaders seek potential commission board appointees

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DORSET — The town is inviting residents to apply to serve on an array of boards and commissions.

Residents may seek appointments to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Design Review Board and Conservation Commission, according to a notice on the town's website.

They may also apply to serve as the town's representative with the Bennington County Regional Commission.

The one-page application asks candidates if they are up-to-date on their financial obligations to the town. It also asks if they will be able to attend at least 85 percent of board meetings and hearings.

The application's questions inquire about why candidates are interested in applying, their backgrounds, their goals and whether they would be willing to serve on any other boards, commissions or committees.

The Planning Commission's work last year included reviewing the Town Plan, advancing a pedestrian infrastructure improvement study and discussing a zoning non-conformance analysis, according to the recently published town report.

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The nine-member Zoning Board of Adjustment "meets on an as-needed basis on the third Monday of the month, and hears applications for conditional use permits and variances, as well as appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator," according to the report.

The ZBA last year considered and approved applications related to H.N. Williams' outside ATM machine, improvements related to the area adjacent to the Dorset Quarry and the lowering of the height of the practice-range enclosure at the Dorset Field Club, according to the report.

The Design Review Board, which meets on the third Monday of every month, as needed, considered nine matters last year, ranging from new porch roofing at the Dorset Inn to the replacement of a hedge with a fence at a property on Church Street, the report states.

Last year much of the Conservation Commission's activity focused on Owls Head Town Forest, where the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps worked on trails over the summer, according to the report.

Applications for the positions must be completed and returned to the Town Manager's Office by April 10.

The Dorset Select Board will conduct interviews at its April 21 meeting.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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