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Hopkinton Planning Board member officially resigns

December 26, 2010

HOPKINTON -- The Town Council officially accepted the resignation of Raymond Cox from the town's Planning Board. He had turned in his letter of resignation at a November meeting, but it did not become official until the council moved on it.

Among other reasons, Cox said he felt that it was a waste of his time for the Planning Board to be holding special meetings for projects such as the proposes Brushy Brook development, which he called "illegal from the start.”

Councilor Scott Bill Hirst explained that he has known Cox for many years back to when he was on the Conservation Commission. "He's a great guy," Hirst said, adding that he was the type of person that, whether you agreed with him or not, had an irresistible and great personality.

His service to the town will be missed, Hirst said of Cox, who will now have more time to work on his hobbies, which include ice-skating, model trains, and spending plenty of time outdoors.

Council President Sylvia K. Thompson echoed her fellow councilor's comments. "[Cox] will be missed," she said, adding that if the town is lucky he will find something else to volunteer for in the future.

She went on to say that the council held interviews for the vacancy on the Planning Board. But even if the two applicants were appointed, she said there would still be a spot open on the board.

“We're still welcoming anyone else willing to apply for our many boards and commissions,Thompson said.

The town's website,, has more information on those vacancies. You can also call Town Hall at 377-7777 to learn more.

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