May 28 2015

Planning Board Recognizes Senior Planner for Eight Years of Service

By: Rich Hosford

Members of the Burlington Planning Board had a heartfelt send-off for Senior Planner Don Benjamin during the latest meeting. 

 

Chairman Barbara L'Heureux started the meeting by announcing that Benjamin was leaving for a job in Portland. She said the news was sad for the board but wished him success in his new endeavor.

 

“Don has been with us for 8 years and has been integral part of our team,” she said. “We’ll miss him terribly.” 

 In turn other members of the board added their regrets at the loss of his work in town but also their best wishes for the future. The general sentiment was that the west coast was gaining a valuable employee. 

 

“Our loss is the west coast’s gain,” member Ernie Covino said. “Congratulations and good luck. I’ve always appreciated your enthusiasm in the job and I think the folks up in Portland will be very lucky to have you.” 

Joe Impemba said that during his time in town, Benjamin had both the knowledge and the right attitude for the job. 

 

“It’s going to be a loss, that’s for sure,” he said. “I appreciate not only his background understanding of the subjects but his enthusiasm and more important his sense of humor as he deals with all of the issues that face the board and department on a day-to-day basis.” 

 

For his part, Benjamin said he enjoyed his time working in Burlington. 

 

“I just want to say thanks to the board, this has been a wonderful experience for me,” he said. “I always I knew I was lucky to land in Burlington. We deal with everything from chickens to major office developments. In terms of training in the field it’s been a great experience and I’ve enjoyed working with all of you through all of that.”


L’Heuruex then presented Benjamin with a Certificate of Recognition for his eight years of service in Burlington.  

 
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