The Halifax Board of Selectmen met in-person on Tuesday, June 1. Participants could also join virtually via Zoom though newest Selectman Ashley DiSesa made a motion that the chat function be disabled on Zoom. Before seconding the motion, veteran Selectman Troy Garron requested an explanation. DiSesa said, “Because I feel like if someone wants to talk at our meeting, they should raise their hand and say who they are just like they would if they were here.” The motion passed unanimously.
Chair of the Selectmen Gordon Andrews said the first order of business would be a discussion of the possible candidates for the Council on Aging as well as a possible vote on the new Director for the Council on Aging. Chair Jo Schofield addressed the Selectmen saying, “We had selected four applicants from the 16… we interviewed with you the three that we liked the best and we have left it to you to decide which of those you wanted to bring to the Council on Aging.”
She continued, “They desperately need someone over there now; there is absolutely no one in charge.” Garron recommended to his fellow Board members that they choose Darlene Regan. Andrews seconded the motion. “The reason I chose her, for one, she’s familiar with Halifax and the Council on Aging building,” Garron explained. He continued, “She’s approachable and I think as an outreach worker she has her finger on the ball of elderly service.” Regan was voted in unanimously. Regan won the position over fellow finalists Debra Surpenant and Lisa Leake.
Andrews recused himself for the next portion of the meeting. Vice-chair Garron said, “Up for reappointment, who I feel has done an excellent job in his position of Building Inspector, Mr. Piccirilli.” Garron then moved that the Board reappoint Robert Piccirilli as Building Inspector for the next three years. Following a lengthy silence, Garron asked, “Is there a second?” DiSesa responded, “No, I don’t second.” Town Administrator Charlie Seelig then told the Board that if they decided not to reappoint him, the projected schedule for advertising and recruitment would need to have a deadline date of June 18 for applications for the position. Seelig said he hoped to advertise in the Plympton-Halifax Express. He asked the Board what date they would like to hold interviews for candidates for the position. DiSesa and Garron chose June 23 at 6:30 pm. They are already holding interviews for a number of other positions on the evening of June 22.