The Falmouth Planning Board voted June 9 during its yearly reorganization to appoint Patricia H. Kerfoot as chairwoman for two years. She received four votes.
Ten-year veteran of the board James Fox received three votes from the seven-member regulatory body.
“I like the continuity and think it’s important,” board member Pamela Harting-Barrat said when she nominated Ms. Kerfoot.
Board member Charlotte Harris will stay on as vice chairwoman and Paul Dreyer will remain as clerk.
The votes were dispensed in less than five minutes, after which the board took up the issue of handling pending projects.
“We’ve built up quite a backlog,” Ms. Harris said. “I would like to add a future agenda item to list them all and prioritize them.” She added that she would like to have a discussion about prioritizing and how to get all the items completed.
Town Planner Thomas Bott said he would try to gather that list for the planning board meeting on Tuesday, June 23.
To that end, he told members that the office has been short staffed because he was recently out on the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act, and Assistant Town Planner Corey Pacheco had been out under the same law since mid-March. Mr. Bott said he is also helping to process temporary restaurant licenses for outdoor dining, allowing the establishments to expand current seating during COVID restrictions.
“That has to remain the top priority,” Ms. Kerfoot said.