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Waterford's RTM appoints new moderator and committees

Waterford — The Representative Town Meeting met Monday night with newly elected members for the first time for its annual meeting and organized for the upcoming year.

The 25 representatives elected a new moderator and members were appointed to standing committees.

Republican Paul Goldstein, nominated by Representatives Danielle Steward-Gelinas and Michael Rocchetti, was elected as the moderator with 15 members voting in favor, nine against and one abstention.

After serving 10 years as moderator, Republican Tom Dembek declined a nomination. First Selectman Rob Brule, Town Clerk David Campo and the other RTM members recognized him for his service.

Serving on the Committee on Committees were Republicans Steward-Gelinas, Steve Garvin and Michael Rocchetti and Democrats Susan Driscoll and Ted Olynciw. They assigned members to the RTM's six standing committees, which do much of the work of the RTM, meeting as necessary outside of regular meetings in order to conduct the work assigned by the moderator.

Assigned to the Legislation and Administration Committee are Dembek, Driscoll, Republicans Richard Muckle and Dave Welch and Democrat Tim Fioravanti.

In the Public Works, Planning and Development Committee are Olynciw, Republicans Ryan Healy and Mike Bono and Democrat Greg Attanasio.

The Finance, Wage and Personnel Committee consist of Rocchetti, Steward-Gelinas, Republican Kevin Girard and Democrats Cheryl Larder and Jennifer Kohl.

Those on the Public Health, Recreation and Environment Committee are Bono, Healy, Republican Jennifer Bracciale and Democrats Nick Gauthier and Mary Childs.

Assigned to the Education Committee are Steward-Gelinas, Republicans David Sugrue and Richard Holmes, Democrats Kristin Gonzalez and Paul Konstantakis, and unaffiliated Dan Radin.

Dembek, Driscoll, Fioravanti, Republican Timothy Condon and Republican Steve Garvin are on the Public Protection and Safety Committee.

In separate motions, Bono and Radin were appointed to serve on the Information Technology Committee. Muckle, Attanasio, Goldstein, Rocchetti and Larder will serve in the Long Range Fiscal Planning Committee. Olynciw was appointed to the School Building Committee.

Nominated and appointed to the Retirement Commission are Muckle and Driscoll. Dembek and Konstantakis will serve on the Social Services Grants Review Board.

j.vazquez@theday.com

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