By Dave Russell

Sylva’s town board filled an open seat on the planning board at its Nov. 12 meeting. The seat came open when Ellen Hunter resigned from the seven-member board. The town board voted to put Geoffrey Hirsch on the planning board.

He applied for the position earlier this year.

“He brings a lot of experience and I think would make a good planning board member,” town Manager Paige Dowling told the board.

Board member Ben Guiney made the motion to approve Hirsch, and the board voted unanimously to appoint him.

Hirsch, who lives on Schulman Street, served on the Henniker, New Hampshire planning board. According to his application for the position, he is a retired educator and still works as a substitute teacher. He served as a New Hampshire state representative and owned a small business in the past.

“Sylva is our new home and I hope to assist with keeping it a special place,” he wrote on the application.

The planning board meets monthly at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday at town hall. The November and December Planning Board meetings have been canceled, with the next meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

Terms on the board are three years.

Planning board members must live within Sylva town limits.

The board’s membership and term expiration dates are Alan Brown (Dec. 31, 2022), Hirsch (June 30, 2023), Rose Bauguess (Jan. 31, 2021), Russ Harris (Aug. 31, 2021), Boyd Sossamon Jr. (Feb. 28, 2022), Melissa Madrona (Feb. 28, 2022) and Dawn Gilchrist (Aug. 31, 2021).