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May 18. 2014 7:40PM

Peterborough honors outgoing selectman for his years of service


Outgoing Selectman Joe Byk was honored for his 10 years on the board at the open session of Town Meeting Wednesday night. (Meghan Pierce Photo)

PETERBOROUGH — Town officials announced plans to name a small park in West Peterborough after outgoing selectman Joe Byk.

Byk was honored for his 10 years on the board at the open session of Town Meeting Wednesday night.

Residents representing different committees and commissions from conservation, heritage and agriculture, thanked Byk for being a fiscally conservative selectman who was able to balance conservation and preservation concerns with innovation and businesses concerns.

“He’s fiscally conservative, but always up for new initiatives,” Select Board Chairwoman Barbara Miller said.

Conservation Commission co-chair Francie Von Mertens said, “Joe gets it and the Select Board as a whole gets it,” when it comes to protecting natural resources and businesses and economic interests. “There is no separation.”

Byk led several initiatives, from energy audits of the Town House to the installation of wood pellet boilers in all town buildings.

Jim Grant said Byk also helped revitalize the town’s Memorial Day observance by ensuring the Peterborough Patriotic Committee was initially funded by the town.

Former selectman Roland Patten said, “Joe, mission accomplished. You’ve done a great job for the town. On behalf of all the town I’d like to say thank you.”

Byk thanked Selectwoman Liz Thomas for voting to appoint him to fill a one-year term that was vacant, which led to him serving three consecutive three-year terms on the board.

Byk decide not to run this year and on Tuesday voters elected Tyler Ward to the board.

Thomas said the board would miss Byk and announced plans for a “pocket park” and bench on Union Street as part of the infrastructure improvements of West Peterborough this summer.

mpierce@newstote.com


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