CHINA: Austin retiring from board effective Nov. 1

China selectman, Joann Austin

Joann Austin is retiring from the China Board of Selectmen on Nov. 1, with a year left of her current term, because, she said, she has been sick all summer.

Board Chairman Neil Farrington announced her pending resignation at the Aug. 21 board meeting. Board members accepted her decision with deep regret. Former Selectman Robert MacFarland led a round of applause from the audience in appreciation of her many years of service.

Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said nomination papers for a one-year term as selectman would be available Aug. 22. Signed papers will be due by 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, along with all other papers for candidates’ names to appear on the Nov. 7 local ballot.

Nomination papers are already available for two two-year terms on the Board of Selectmen (Irene Belanger’s and Ronald Breton’s terms end this year); three two-year terms on the Planning Board (representatives from District 1, currently James Wilkens, and District 3, currently Milton Dudley, and the alternate position held by Ralph Howe, elected from the town at large); and three two-year terms on the Budget Committee (Chairman Robert Batteese, District 1 representative Kevin Maroon and District 3 representative Sheryl Peavey).


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