Ann Roy finishes six years on Southampton Select Board
SOUTHAMPTON — As Ann W. Roy finished up her final term as a member of the Select Board, she said it was a job she really enjoyed, but it was time to move on.
“I’ve been on the board now for six years and I think that it’s time to have a new face, new thoughts and ideas before the community,” she said.
The new face on the board now is Elizabeth Moulton, 32, of 115 Pleasant St. She won a three-way race for the seat at Monday’s election and was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday before her first Select Board meeting that night.
The only other contested races were between write-in candidates for two vacancies. Joanne Spath was elected as assessor with six votes and Amanda Kemp was elected to the Finance Committee with 11 votes.
Roy, 61, of 7 Elm St., works as a professor at Springfield College Graduate School of Social Work.
“I thought it was an interesting way to get to know the town and the many, many particulars that town officials need to deal with,” she said of her time on the board.
During her tenure, she said she was pleased to be able to help with major projects including renovating and moving into the former Larrabee School building, now known as Town Hall, the creation of athletic fields on Strong Road that will be open for use next year, and conserving more open space.
“I think one of the most gratifying aspects, in addition to getting to know my colleagues on the board and community members, has been the fact that we’ve been able to bring private land into conservation in perpetuity,” she said. “That makes me happy.”
She said that she will miss seeing her fellow Select Board members at the biweekly Tuesday meetings. “We all have different personalities and different ways of approaching issues, but I think overall we had a good balance,” she said.
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