Search for new Westborough town planner underway

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Search for new Westborough town planner underway
Westborough Town Planner and EDC member Jim Robbins sits during the EDC Year in Review awards breakfast last year. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

WESTBOROUGH – Following the announcement of the retirement of Town Planner Jim Robbins, the search for a new town planner is underway.

During its meeting on Jan. 3, the Planning Board approved the formation of a seven-member search committee. Members will include two from the Planning Board, including Hazel Nourse; Lester Hensley, former member of the Planning Board and current member of the Master Plan Implementation Committee; Town Manager Kristi Williams; and Fred Lonardo, Community Development director. Select Board member Patrick Welch will be the board’s representative.

The board also approved a job description created by Assistant Town Manager Kimberly Foster.

According to Williams, the job description will be posted soon, with a goal of having the search committee interview at least two finalists in March.

Robbins, who has been town planner for 30 years and recently announced his retirement, is scheduled to step down in late March.

Stone Inc. plans approved

The Planning Board approved a special permit for Stone Inc. to convert a building on 80 Turnpike Road into a retail site for stone.

This would include stone cutting, which would take place inside the building.

Among the conditions for the special permit, Stone Inc. will install sound insulation and keep the back loading bay closed when not in use.

Search for new Westborough town planner underway
This building at 80 Turnpike Road will soon become a retail site for stone. (Photo/Laura Hayes)