BETHLEHEM — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Tuesday, November 19, made an appointment and approved tax refunds.

First Selectmen Leonard Assard addressed the vacancy on the Senior Commission.

The board approved the appointment of Mary Ann Norelli, 245 Lakes Rd., for a term to end in May 2020.

Mr. Assard said at that time the board can choose to re-appoint Ms. Norelli for a longer term.

The board approved two tax returns, one for $235.78 and one for $112.41.

During the audience to the public, concerns about speeding and pedestrian safety was brought up once more.

Mr. Assard assured residents that the new sidewalk and cross walk would have plenty of signage, including the possibility of flashing lights and a speed tracking sign.

Carol Ann Brown, chairman of the Historic District Commission, said she and the Historic District Commission had determined the age of the Christmas tree on the Green to be about 90 to 100 years old after seeing a much smaller version of the tree in the background of a picture that contained a store that was torn down between 1920 and 1930.

Mr. Assard joked that he didn’t remember it being planted so it must be at least 70 years old.

The board approved the 2020 meeting schedule. Selectman David Deakin informed new Selectman Stephen Sordi that his birthday is Monday, December 16, and the board is scheduled to meet Tuesday, December 17.

Mr. Deakin then joked to Mr. Sordi to feel free to bring in “whatever feels necessary” to the meeting.

The board approved the minutes of the Wednesday, November 6 meeting.

Mr. Assard informed the audience that the federal government is looking to employ people to make sure the census is turned in appropriately. 

“I think they pay $20 to $25 an hour,” said Mr. Assard. 

He said applications are available on the website, and those seeking more information may contact the first selectman. 

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