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Henderson will not seek immediate replacement for empty Town Council seat

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HENDERSON — The Town Council announced Thursday night that it would not seek an immediate replacement for the seat left by the recent death of deputy Supervisor Frank W. Ross.

Supervisor Raymond A. Walker said that making such an appointment now would create turbulence. He noted that an election would still need to be held in November to fill the final year of Mr. Ross’s term. Then, in the 2013 election, the seat would be up again for a four-year term.

Meanwhile, council member Carol A. Hall was appointed to replace Mr. Ross in the deputy supervisor role.

Mr. Ross, who died June 2, served the town for decades in various roles, including town supervisor. He also served in the Henderson Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of several community groups.

Mr. Ross’s name plate was put up during the meeting in front of his usual seat between Mr. Walker and fellow council member George H. Aubin, along with hard candy mints he would usually go through during meetings.

Charlotte Richmond, the town clerk and Mr. Ross’s partner of 14 years, did not attend the meeting. However, a letter from her on behalf of the Ross family was read by Mr. Walker, thanking residents for their support.

Also during the meeting, the council approved the reduction of the speed limit on county Route 72 from 55 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour, citing the number of residential properties on the road.

The council also heard about plans to place new dirt on the baseball field in July. Additionally, the council scheduled a special meeting to discuss its current dog laws and the tabulation of equivalent dwelling units in Water District 2 for 6:30 p.m. June 21 at the Town Barn.

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