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Willimantic board has new leaders

By MICHELLE FIRESTONE

Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLIMANTIC — The Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors officially has new leadership.

Late last month, board members appointed council member Nectalis Martinez as the board president by a vote of 7-0.

During the meeting, Martinez, who has also served on the board of finance, said he would do his best to “move this town forward” and said it is a “new era” in Windham.

“We actually see the progress in this town, but there’s more that could be done,” he said.

Also Nov. 28, the Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors appointed council member Thomas DeVivo as vice president by a vote of 7-0.

“Tom did a wonderful job as our acting president in the absence of our former president, Lynne Ide,” said council member Dennis O’Brien, who nominated DeVivo for the position.

DeVivo became acting president of the board after Ide filled a school board vac-ancy in July that was left by former board of education chairman Luz Osuba.

DeVivo, who was reinstated as town council president recently, said it is his job as vice president of the Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors to assist Martinez and fill in for him if he is unable to attend a meeting.

With many Hispanic people living in Willimantic, he said the community needs a Hispanic leader like Martinez, who is a local business owner and served on the board of finance before being elected to the town council in November 2015.

“It’s quite an honor to be on the board with him at the moment,” said DeVivo.

He said Martinez is “level headed.”

“He’s a good leader,” said DeVivo.

The Willimantic Taxing District Board of Directors also appointed Charles Krich as treasurer by a vote of 6-1, with an abstention from Krich.

Board members also appointed Randall Prose as secretary by a vote of 7-0.

During their meeting, board members decided to meet every other month, rather than once a month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Bellingham Auditorium at town hall, 979 Main St.

The thought was it wasn’t necessary to meet every month because there typically isn’t much business.

“We could continue to get the reports monthly, but we don’t necessarily need to meet for action because there isn’t typically a lot of action,” said Windham Town Manager James Rivers.

He said the bulk of the business is comprised of reports from the Willimantic Police Department chief and Willimantic Fire Department chief.

 

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