ANSON — Selectman Wendell Dunlap submitted his resignation Tuesday night, creating another available selectman seat to be filled at town meeting in March.

Nomination papers are available at the Town Office for people who are interested in serving the remaining year of Dunlap’s three-year term.

Candidates must return the papers by 4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, with between 25 to 75 valid signatures in order to appear on the ballot, Town Clerk Carol Ryan said Wednesday.

Dunlap, whose resignation will take effect at town meeting on Saturday, March 3, said a change in his career will make it difficult for him to attend future selectmen meetings.

Having served for two years, he said he enjoyed “learning about town government, its processes and interaction with the town folks.”

Dunlap, 45, grew up in Anson and then worked in the Air Force for 22 years. He returned to his hometown four years ago. He said he wouldn’t have resigned if it wasn’t for his career change, the specifics of which he declined to discuss.

Selectman John Bryant said Dunlap will be missed.

“We’re very sorry to see him go. He’s been an excellent selectman — very conscientious,” Bryant said.

In addition to the race for Dunlap’s one-year seat, there are two three-year selectmen seats open.

And there are two three-year positions available to serve on the School Administrative District 74 board and one three-year seat on the Anson-Madison Sanitary District board.

There is also an opening on the Anson Water District board. The term is for three years or until the water district no longer exists, whichever occurs first. Because the Madison and Anson water districts are merging, the individual districts will be dissolved.

Nomination papers are all due Jan. 17.

The election will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 3, with the open meeting starting at 2:30 p.m.

Voting and the town meeting will be held at Garret Schenck Elementary School.

Erin Rhoda — 612-2368

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