BOLTON- A party has been planned to honor Kathleen Simmes, the town's top executive, and the public is invited to participate in the event.
Simmes is stepping down as Bolton supervisor effective Dec. 31. She announced the move months ago, citing that she wanted to spend more time with her family.
The party is to be held Saturday Dec. 5 at the Bolton Conservation Park, located at 56 Edgecomb Pond Rd. - a facility for which Simmes has launched a redevelopment plan.
The event, which includes a pot luck dinner, is to begin at 5 p.m., and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.
"We want to express thanks to Kathy for her 31 years of dedicated service to the town as town clerk and supervisor," party organizer Susan Wilson said.
Elected Bolton supervisor in 2007, Simmes will have served one two-year term in the post. Beforehand, she served as Town Clerk from August 1979 through 2007, and prior to then was Deputy Town Clerk for about a year.
While supervisor, she has made key decisions on a variety of projects under way in town.
Such efforts include the construction of the town pier, the revitalization of Rogers Memorial Park, enhancements to the downtown streetscape, the redevelopment of the Norowal Marina, upgrades to the town sewer plant, rehabilitation of the town hall, and the reconstruction of Rte. 9N.
Dozens and dozens of people are expected at the event.
Those attending are urged to call the town hall at 644-2444 and ask for Penny Cleavland, Pat Steele, or Pam Kenyon.
Town Secretary/Bookkeeper Donna Boggs said Tuesday that Simmes had approached her work with diligence and made sure appropriate policies, procedures and laws were followed in town government.
"Kathy's always been advocate for North Country citizens, and she's been a stickler for keeping taxes under control," Boggs said. "She's also a very giving person - always ready to help others."