Town Council fills vacancies on finance board, planning and zoning

First Selectman Ken Kellogg, left, swears Dominic Smeraglino in as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission during the Town Council meeting Monday. In the photo on the right, Kellogg swears Greg Beno in to a seat on the Board of Finance.

MONROE, CT — Town Council members unanimously approved two appointments, filling vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Finance, Monday.

Dominic Smeraglino, of 14 Jockey Hollow Road, was appointed as an alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and Greg Beno, of 47 Crown View Drive, was appointed to the Board of Finance.

The Monroe Republican Town Committee recommended and approved the candidates at its July 20 meeting.

Prior to the Town Council votes, Councilman Terry Rooney read a letter about the two men, which Ryan Condon, correspondence secretary of the RTC, wrote to Council Chairman Jonathan Formichella before Monday’s meeting.

Smeraglino will fill a vacancy left by Ron Schneider, for a term ending on Nov. 22, 2021.

“Dom has served as an alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2018,” Condon wrote. “Dom has served the town well and wishes to further benefit our community by bringing his work ethic to planning and zoning. His experience on ZBA makes him an excellent choice for Planning and Zoning Commission alternate.”

Councilman Jason Maur said the council’s Legislative and Administrative Committee unanimously agreed to move the recommendation to the full council for a vote.

Beno will fill a vacancy left by Dona-Lyn Wales for a term ending Nov. 22, 2021. Wales now serves on the Town Council.

“Greg has lived in Monroe for over 23 years,” Condon wrote. “Greg grew up in Monroe and has returned to raise his family here. Greg has an MBA from Quinnipiac and has professional experience budgeting and driving revenue while maintaining cost controls to maintain profitability. Greg is looking forward to being an integral part of the Board of Finance.”

“I had Greg in school,” said Vice Chair Enid Lipeles, a retired Masuk High School chemistry teacher. “He’s extremely intelligent. I’m sure he will serve the town well on the Board of Finance.”

Maur noted that the L&A Committee also approved Beno’s appointment. “It’s always nice to see someone who grew up in Monroe serving the community,” he said.

Both appointees attended the meeting and were sworn in by First Selectman Ken Kellogg.

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