Allison Cranmer, who came to the Shelburne Selectboard with a fresh perspective in March of 2013, resigned from her three-year post during the Nov. 25 meeting of the Selectboard. After her husband David was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disorder causing pain and numbness in the hands and feet, the couple searched for single level living in town but found none available. They will relocate to Williston at the end of the December.
“It all happened so fast with the house…only three weeks,” Cranmer stated. “I thought it would be best to step away from the Selectboard before the budget process begins. It’s a bittersweet thing. We are thrilled that the stars aligned on the house, but after 16 years, we will definitely miss Shelburne.”
In her 20-month term on the Selectboard, Cranmer was never afraid to ask hard questions or challenge viewpoints. She worked with other board members and town staff to improve communications with the community so issues that are important and affect the quality of life for its citizens are publicized and community members are given the opportunity to express their support or concerns. “I first became involved with the Shelburne Selectboard when I was asked to represent my neighborhood after our streetlights were removed,” Cranmer shared. “For me, the best thing about being a Selectboard member is realizing how passionate people are about issues that affect the town. The Selectboard has been a really good experience. I’m sorry to cut it short.”
According to Town Manager, Joe Colangelo, the Selectboard intends to make an appointment to fill Cranmer’s seat until Town Meeting Day 2015. On Town Meeting Day an election will take place to fill the remainder of her term (one more year). The Selectboard will accept applications for the vacancy until noon on Monday, Dec. 1 for an interview appointment, Tuesday, Dec. 2. “The timing of all this is in part to have a new Board member on for the duration of the budget season,” offered Colangelo.
The Selectboard hopes to make an appointment at a Special Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2, according to Chair Gary von Stange. Those interested in being considered for the seat should contact Colangelo at 985-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of interest are due to Colangelo by Dec. 1 at noon.