Greenfield council reorganizes
Hillary Hoffman chosen as president
GREENFIELD — A newly reorganized Town Council will hold its first regular meeting later this month with Precinct 6 Councilor Hillary Hoffman as its new president.
Hoffman, who was recently elected to a second three-year term, was chosen by fellow councilors Tuesday evening to serve at the helm for the next year, while Precinct 7 Councilor Karen “Rudy” Renaud was chosen as vice president, the seat Hoffman held for the past year.
This is the first time in the council’s history that both of the top spots are held by women.
Newly elected councilors Isaac Mass (at-large) and Penny Ricketts (Precinct 5) were sworn in along with Precinct 2 Councilor Alfred Siano and Precinct 4 Councilor Steven Ronhave, who were re-elected in June.
Hoffman said she will take a couple of days to review councilors’ requests for committee seats and will hold a chairs meeting next week.
Town Council committees are Ways and Means, Appointments and Ordinances, Community Relations and Education and Economic Development. Each councilor serves on at least one committee and many serve on two.
“I’m going to make sure all councilors and the public is heard,” said Hoffman. “This is a team effort.”
Hoffman said the council will discuss the possibility of councilors writing letters to the editor and guest columns to The Recorder on a rotating basis to discuss their views on different issues or the council creating its own newsletter.
“I’d also like the council to create a road map to town services,” said Hoffman.
Renaud said she will be flexible and available to fellow councilors and the public.
At-large Councilor Mark Maloni was chosen as this year’s treasurer.
Maloni said he is a “junior councilor” who is still learning, so he’d like to take the time this year to learn in a more active role as treasurer to prepare himself for possibly taking an even bigger leadership role someday.
The new council will hold its first meeting on July 16 at 7 p.m. in the studio in Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St.