BLOOMINGDALE - The St. Armand town council has a new board member.
Jennifer Fuller was appointed to a vacant seat on the board at a special meeting Thursday. She was one of a half-dozen candidates the board had considered and interviewed for the position, which became available after Councilman Charles Whitson was named interim supervisor in December following the death of Joyce Morency.
Whitson told the Enterprise that Fuller was picked by the board based on "her willingness to work with the board and the energy she projected, which was phenomenal."
Fuller lives in Bloomingdale and has been a lifelong resident of the town of St. Armand. She's a 2002 graduate of Saranac Lake High School and a 2004 graduate of North Country Community College, where she studied business. She works at Burnham Benefit Advisors in Lake Placid as a licensed insurance agent/client services manager. She and husband Dustin Fuller had their first child last year.
Fuller told the Enterprise that while growing up in St. Armand, she had "the utmost respect for Ms. Morency and recognize the significance of her loss.
"Now more than ever, I recognize the importance the town board plays in the community and look forward to serving the town I feel so passionate about," Fuller said in a Facebook message. "As an energetic, hard working, committed individual with a young family, I look forward to introducing myself to residents and addressing any concerns that may be of interest."
Fuller, who was sworn in at Thursday's meeting, will fill the seat until the end of the year. She said she plans to run for election to a full four-year term in November.
The board also voted Thursday to approve a $4.8 million bond resolution for a major overhaul of the town's sewer system.
Whitson said town officials are scheduled to meet today to discuss the project with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the town's engineering firm, AES Northeast.
Last fall, the state Environmental Facilities Corporation awarded the town a $2 million grant and a 30-year interest free-loan for the project. The money would be used to upgrade the town's wastewater treatment plant, located off of River Road, and a sewer pump station.
The town has been under a DEC consent order since 2009 to fix the sewer system.
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