Hope town justice resigns

HOPE - Town of Hope Justice Robert Wilcox has announced he will not seek a second term.

Wilcox, 61, was elected in 2009 and took office Jan. 1, 2010 after former Justice Robert Coulombe retired. Wilcox told the Hope Town Board June 10 that he would not be running for a new term this fall. His term ends Dec. 31.

Also, the court clerk has resigned. Wilcox said he has an application from a person interested in the position and will set up an interview.

The board set the court clerk's pay for the remainder of the year at $1,500.

Councilman John Stuart Jr., representing the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club in Wells, asked the Town of Hope to sponsor the Sno-Blazers' grooming of the snowmobile trail that goes through the Town of Hope. The board agreed.

By doing this the Sno-Blazers can be reimbursed from the state Snowmobile Trail Fund for maintaining this portion of the trail system. Stuart abstained from the vote.


-- James Abbott of Wells was appointed as town assessor. His term will run from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2019.

-- Building / Code Enforcement Officer Mike Stewart reported he has issued permits to Robert Edwards at 539 Maple Grove Rd. for demolition of a house next door and to Timothy Cox for an addition to a building on State Route 30.

-- Councilman Steve Tomlinson said the play equipment at the park needs some staining and fixing. Superintendent of Highways Terry Robinson said he would look into what needs to be done.

-- Town Clerk Marleen Webster reported she has spoken with Jeff Rugen at Hope Valley Farms about flowers for the town park. She gave him a drawing of the flowerbeds and he will be getting back to her.

Editor's Note: This article is based on minutes of the Hope Town Board meeting of June 10, 2013 as provided by Town Clerk Marleen Webster.