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Langley Willauer receives thanks at Appleton’s Select Board Meeting

By Kay Neufeld | Nov 25, 2020

Appleton — Langley Willauer, the new deputy town clerk in Appleton, received kind words during Appleton’s Select Board meeting Nov. 24.

Lizzie Dickerson, Appleton’s recently-appointed town clerk, allocated her time during the meeting to thank Willauer, who was not present.

“I want to take a minute to give a shoutout to Langley. Even though we’re a team and we work on things together…for him to step in and for the trains to be kept running and for everyone to get their paycheck as if nothing had changed was outstanding, I really have to say,” Dickerson said. “He did an outstanding job and I could not be happier to work with someone than with Langley Willauer.”

The board members agreed, in unison, that Willauer was a good catch for the Town Office.

Willauer has been the topic of discussion in Knox County after Hope Town Administrator Samantha Mank fired him from the position of bookkeeper in the town of Hope. Willauer’s firing came as part of a growing controversy in town, including a letter he wrote to the town contesting his dismissal.

It was an otherwise routine, brief meeting for the Appleton Select Board. The board’s discussions focused on road work in town to clear off a bridge that will see an increase in logging traffic in the coming months. According to Select Board member Lorie Costigan, a piece of stone from that bridge might be very valuable to the town. She suggested the town be “prudent” in its handling of the rock.

“We might want to see that that gets put aside somewhere where it can be used for future town use. A stone like that can go for over $1,000 in the landscaping market,” Costigan said. “For it to just stay there is probably not a good idea. The most prudent thing to do would be ensuring it stays within town ownership.”

Chairman John Fenner agreed and suggested that it might have been there for 15 to 20 years after it was moved to the side of the road.

The entire board agreed that when it is handled, creating as little forest disturbance as possible should be prioritized. Fenner will meet with members of the board in the coming days to figure out how they will handle the stone.

Board member Danielle Gould also reported that the Appleton Library has received donations after sending out appeal letters in recent weeks. The library was hoping to expand its hours but the most recent COVID-19 outbreaks have put those plans on pause.

“Everything’s going well,” Dickerson said. “I guess that’s the only news we have.”

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Comments (1)
Posted by: James L. Bowditch | Nov 26, 2020 12:23

Langley's positive shout-out is entirely in keeping with the man i've known for about 20 years.  He is a gem.

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