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Westport appoints interim officials

WESTPORT The Westport Town Board met on June 24 to address some recent developments in the town. A high priority on the agenda was the appointing of two new officials to fill recently vacated positions. The board appointed Betty White, town historian and former teacher, to fill the position of town clerk. White, formerly the deputy clerk, will serve in the role previously held by Brenda McCooey, who resigned recently for personal reasons. Also appointed was Russell Paquette, who will fill a vacant position on the town council. As non-elected officials, the terms for both may not extend into the next calendar year. General elections will be held for both positions in November to determine who will take over in January 2009. Meanwhile, time is running out to get on the ballot. According to Supervisor Daniel Connell, non-independent candidates must file their nominating petitions with the Essex County Board of Elections between July 7 and July 10. Independent candidates have until mid-August to file their petitions. Board members also discussed the next step toward a new Municipal Center building in Westport. Connell said the town has secured a $600,000 grant toward planning and constructing the building, which would house trucks for the fire department and town public works equipment. It would include fuel pumps and a wash yard to use for those vehicles and for Westport Central School buses. The project is still in the informational phase with a public meeting planned for July 14 to answer questions about the proposed plans. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Westport Central School and is open to the public.

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