Nelson Lee, chair of the Bridgewater Selectboard, resigned from his position at the Selectboard’s July 24 last meeting because of health reasons.
“I knew I couldn’t do the job to the best of my abilities and I didn’t want to give it up,” said Lee in a phone interview Wednesday. “But doing the job right was more important than sticking on.”
Lee was on the Selectboard for 26 years, and was chair for almost all of those years. The town got the news at the end of the July 24 meeting.
“At the very end he just said, ‘I have to tell you that I have to resign,’ and of course we all got emotional,” Selectboard member Mary Oldenburg said. “A few tears flowed.
”He’s always cared about Bridgewater. We were surprised that it happened then— it wasn’t like a total shock.”
Lee was the town’s representative to the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District, the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Planning Commission, the Chateauguay-No Town Conservation program and the town’s transportation advisory committee.
Prospective Selectboard members have until Aug. 9 to send in a letter of interest to the town. After that, the two remaining Selectboard members — Oldenburg and Norman “Nope” Martin — will go through the applicants and pick a new member, who will serve until next year’s annual town meeting.