TOWNSEND -- Officials said their farewells Tuesday to Selectman Bob Plamondon, who officially resigned from the board last week after moving to his new home in New Hampshire.

Although he did not sit on the board during the meeting, Plamondon attended to say goodbye.

Selectmen presented him with two gifts -- a town seal and a framed dollar for each year of his service to the town -- and a proclamation thanking him for his service.

"It's really been a pleasure, all the people I've served with over the years," Plamondon said. "I've spent 26 years here, and there's a lot of good memories and a lot of good friends."

Chairman Sue Lisio thanked Plamondon personally and on behalf of the town for his nearly 10 years of work on the Board of Selectmen.

"You were a mentor for me. I can't tell you how grateful I have been to have had you to help and I'm going to miss you. I'm going to miss your sense of humor and I'm going to miss arguing with you about all of the things that we argue about," Lisio said.

Selectmen have not yet discussed whether a special election will be held to fill Plamondon's seat.

The two remaining selectmen approved an agreement to purchase surplus net-metering credits from Lunenburg, providing the town with a 15 percent discount on energy bills for town buildings.

"It's a no risk proposition," Town Administrator Andrew Sheehan said. "The bottom line is we stand to see a 15 percent savings on our electric bills."

A 3.


5 megawatt solar generating facility on Chase Road will produce more power than Lunenburg can use, prompting officials to offer to sell the excess credits to Townsend.

"If we had received enough net metering credits in FY13 to cover all of our accounts we would have saved approximately $27,685," Sheehan said in a memo to selectmen.

"Of course, electricity prices can be quite volatile and we cannot make any assumptions from year to year. However, no matter what the charge, a 15 percent savings is nothing to take lightly," he said.

In other business, selectmen approved the annual renewals for auto, common victualler, alcohol and entertainment licenses.

They also approved a request from Bailey's Bar and Grill and Bailey's on the Green to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The change in hours came after voters at last month's Special Town Meeting approved a warrant article allowing earlier Sunday on-premises alcohol sales under town bylaw.

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