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June 27, 2013

Boards' limbo to end tonight

Council to vote on health, planning reappointments


Councilor Todd Siegel, who made the motion April 11 to send the three Board of Health reappointments to committee, did not speak at last night’s meeting.

Prevey said councilors wanted to clear up confusion over Board of Health member Larissa Lucas, who appeared to resign last winter but continued to sit on the board, casting votes.

Sullivan and Poremba said Lucas’ resignation took effect once a new member was appointed to take her place — Danielle Ledoux, a pediatric ophthalmologist, who was appointed this spring.

“They’re doing the job they’re appointed to do ... We’ve got bigger fish to fry than to let this drag on,” said Josh Turiel.

Poremba’s term had expired in February 2012, Fair’s expired in February 2011, Sullivan’s expired in February 2010, and Clarke’s expired in July 2011. All four have continued to serve on their boards, waiting to hear if they were going to be reappointed or replaced.

Council President Jerry Ryan apologized to Clarke at the conclusion of last night’s meeting, saying it was his “fault” it took two months to schedule the meeting to discuss the reappointments. Other matters have taken precedence in scheduling meetings, Ryan said.

Poremba, Sullivan, Fair and Clarke’s reappointments will need final approval at tonight’s meeting of the full City Council.

City Councilors Michael Sosnowksi, Robert McCarthy and Kevin Carr were absent from last night’s meeting.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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