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Lisbon hopes to fill planning board vacancy at February meeting

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LISBON - The town council is hoping to fill a vacancy on the its planning board next month after four months without a full roster.

Rhonda L. Roethel resigned in September citing a hectic schedule.

Town Councilor Robert O. McNeil said he hopes she will come back.

“I think she’d be an excellent member,” he said. “I think she was an excellent member.”

Ms. Roethel said Thursday she remains unable to resume the position.

“I just can’t right now,” she said. “I can only do so much.”

Ms. Roethel had served on the board for two years.

In the months since leaving the board, Ms. Roethel said, she has taken a position on the Fort La Presentation Association Board of Directors and joined the Elks Club.

“I’ve filled my time,” she said.

Ms. Roethel is also heading up an effort to bring hydroelectric power production to Lisbon.

The planning board approves large building projects within the down as well as business expansions.

Most residential building projects are handled by the code enforcement officer.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Mr. McNeil requested the town council wait until its Feb. 12 meeting to fill the vacancy on the planning board in order to either convince Ms. Roethel to come back or find a replacement.

Currently the planning board has six out of seven members, including Stephen Wallace, Glen Harris, William Leary, Steven Jemison, Mark Hyde and William Wheeler.

Mr. McNeil and Councilor Susan M. Duffy are the town council’s liaisons to the planning board.

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