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Kelleher resignation leaves hole on board

WINSTED — Longtime volunteer Margo Kelleher of Winsted has submitted her resignation to Regional Refuse Disposal District 1 (RRDD1), effective Aug. 1, after serving for nearly two decades on the district’s board of directors, most recently as chairman, and earning respect from colleagues for her contributions and accomplishments.

“She absolutely leaves tough shoes to fill,” said Selectman David Cappabianca, who has known Kelleher for the duration of her tenure. “She’s the best. She’s done a great job there and she has been dedicated to the district for all the time she’s been there.”

RRDD1 Administrator Jim Hart said last week that it was a pleasure to have worked with Kelleher, who kept the district organized and running efficiently.

“She has been the most effective member that I’ve seen here,” Hart said. “She’s just an ace. She’s not only extremely intelligent, but she’s a very analytical person, very numbers-oriented. When she came on here, she set up a computer format for the monthly treasurer’s report, and it was a masterpiece — but it was probably a piece of cake for her.”

Kelleher was sworn in March 4, 1991, as one of the district’s nine members. That marked the first of six consecutive terms on the board, which dealt with a number of environmental and organizational issues throughout the years.

Formed in 1970 by the towns of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, New Hartford and Winchester, the district opened a landfill and recycling center in Barkhamsted in 1974. Environmental issues arose at the landfill in 1983 and it was capped 10 years later, ultimately getting listed on the federal Superfund program, requiring environmental remediation.

The district continues to operate a transfer station on Route 44 for the towns of Winsted, Barkhamsted and New Hartford (Colebrook withdrew from the district in 1991). One of the top priorities in recent years has been to increase the rate of recycling in the area.

Hart said Kelleher has been a force for progress at RRDD1, paying attention to important issues.

“She has been the chairman for the last several years and she has been very instrumental in working toward some of the progressive things we’ve done, like getting the cell tower located here and other things.”

Cappabianca noted at last week’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting that a replacement needs to be found for the outgoing board member. Board members are still in the process of reviewing potential candidates.

“We’re going to take some time to find the right person,” he said. “If we can find somebody half as dedicated as she was, we’ll be in good shape.”

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