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Cornwall selectmen appoint seven to fill town vacancies

CORNWALL — The Cornwall Board of Selectman approved seven appointees to fill vacancies in the town government during its Tuesday, Nov. 15, meeting.

First, the board moved to confirm the appointment of Lee Sohl as Cornwall’s new animal control officer. Sohl will be paid on an hourly basis at a rate of $37 per hour. Her husband, Jim Sohl, was also approved as the assistant animal control officer.

The Sohls will replace Brad Hedden, who is unable to continue in the role due to increased state requirements for the position. First Selectman Gordon Ridgway said Hedden is pursuing additional training so he can handle calls related to small animals.

The board also filled five vacancies within three Cornwall town boards: Heidi Cunnick to the Conservation Commission, Bianca Griggs to the Economic Development Commission, and Stephen Saccardi, Melissa Bronson and Wendy McFarlane to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The repairs on River Road have been finished ahead of schedule. More than 800 tons of field stone and rocks were used to replenish the embankment along the river. The work was completed at a cost of $4,000.

“Now the road is open and hopefully the riverbanks are in good shape for high water,” said Ridgway.

The board also reviewed the status of the Friends of Cornwall investigation, which is ongoing at the state level. Ridgway spoke with an information officer at the State Election Commission who was unable to comment due to the nature of the investigation.

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