The Westerly Sun
RICHMOND — Members of the Town Council voted Tuesday to appoint a new president and vice president and to accept the resignation of council President Gary Wright. They also appointed Mark Trimmer to fill the fifth council seat.
Wright submitted a letter of resignation on May 29 to council Vice President Richard Nassaney and Town Administrator Karen Pinch, saying he was stepping down immediately for personal reasons.
“A better group of people you will not find,” Wright said in his letter, referring to town administrators and employees. “The past two and a half years have been rewarding serving on the Town Council and I offer my best in prayers and wishes for continued success.”
The council voted unanimously for Nassaney as president. Ronald Newman, who was appointed vice president, said he was sorry to see Wright go. “He’s done nothing less than an excellent, superb job and we’re going to miss him,” he said.
Resident Jackie Kenyon also thanked Wright for his service to the town. “I just want to thank Gary for the time he put in here and the dedication, and I don’t know what his reasons are, but I’m sure they’re very important,” she said. “He is greatly appreciated, not just by me but by other people in the town.”
The council also accepted the resignation of Mark Trimmer from the Planning Board. Trimmer, who was out of state on business, was required to resign from the board to take a seat on the council.
In other business, the council learned that the former Walgreens building on Main Street in Wyoming will soon be occupied by Dollar General. Councilor Nell Carpenter said she was pleased to confirm that Dollar General would be moving to that location, noting that there had been “a lot of speculation in the town as to where it’s going.”
The former building, which occupies a conspicuous spot in the Wyoming business district, opened in 2009 but closed just a couple of years later and has been vacant ever since.
Town Clerk Sarah Rapose said the Dollar General store would be opening soon. “They’re hoping to open up within the next couple of weeks,” she said. “I know they had hired a general contractor, that they were doing work.”
Councillor Paul Michaud said he wondered whether a large, new Dollar General store would hurt the smaller Family Dollar store just across the road in the Chariho Plaza.
“I hope that it is successful, being that Dollar General is very similar to Family Dollar. You know, competition,” he said.
Nassaney said he was happy that the prominent building would no longer be vacant.
Pinch introduced the town’s new finance director, Laura Kenyon, who started Monday. Kenyon will be on hand when residents vote on the fiscal year 2020 budget at the Financial Town Meeting on June 10 at 7 p.m., at Richmond Elementary School.