Sandwich Selectmen Elect Ralph A. Vitacco Chairman

Ralph VitaccoJAMES KINSELLA/ENTERPRISE - Ralph Vitacco

In a pair of 5-0 votes, the board of selectmen Thursday night, May 15, chose Ralph A. Vitacco chairman and Frank Pannorfi vice chairman.

Mr. Vitacco, who lives on Cove Road, had been vice chairman of the board. Mr. Pannorfi, a Wing Boulevard East resident who was elected last week to his fourth term on the board, previously has served as the board’s chairman.

The new chairman succeeds James W. Pierce, who lives on Foster Road.

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In comments following his election, Mr. Vitacco outlined what he sees as priorities for the town, including road repairs, a new public safety solution, the battle against beach erosion and initiatives to safeguard the town’s water.

At the same time, the selectman said, the board needs to balance steps to address these priorities with sensitivity to the town’s property tax burden.

Just last week, Sandwich voters rejected a proposed $500,000 capital outlay to install a synthetic turf playing field at Sandwich High School. A year ago, voters defeated a proposed $30 million public safety complex.

On the plus side, Mr. Vitacco said, the town may save money through the planned closure of the Henry T. Wing School, and bring in revenue through attracting development to 56 acres of town land in South Sandwich.

The chairman concluded his remarks by saying, “Let’s get the show on the road.”

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