Board changes its name

WILTON – At the request of Selectman Kermit Williams, changing the name of the board was again addressed at the regular meeting on the board on Feb. 26.

“It’s important to many people that we change the name,” from Selectmen to Selectboard, he said, and moved to do so.

Selectwoman Kellie-Sue Boissonnault seconded the motion saying that “many people had approached her,” and “we need to move forward to empower the next generation, to be gender neutral.”

Williams said, “I’ve heard from a lot of people and I support their will.”

Boissonnault said the change was not originally her idea but expressed to her by other people. “I have no problem with being a selectman,” she said.

Chairman Bill Condra remained opposed to the change and moved to table the question until next year when it could be put to a vote at town meeting.

Neither of the other two seconded the idea, killing it.

Condra said the 30 to 40 people who had expressed their opinion did not “represent the more than 2,000 voters on the checklist.”

Last week, the board voted to put “Selectboard” on the door of the new office but not change the name. At that time, Williams and Condra both voted in favor of “keeping with tradition,” saying it had been ‘Selectmen’ for over 200 year, that it was a title, and not sexist.

The vote to change the name was 2 to 1 in favor.