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Extraordinary service recognized in Plymouth

Brian Tobine is “pinned” by his wife Cori during a brief ceremony promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant of the Plymouth Fire Department at Town Hall Monday night. Marcia Morris. (click for larger version)
May 15, 2009
PLYMOUTH— A well deserved promotion and an expression of grateful appreciation for the long-time public service of four exceptional Plymouth citizens was celebrated at Monday evening's meeting of the board of selectmen.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Brian Tobine to the position of Lieutenant with the Plymouth Fire Department. During a brief "pinning" ceremony recognizing his appointment, Plymouth Fire Chief Casino Clogston praised Tobine as an asset to the department and the community. He said the Tobine, a 1997 graduate of Plymouth Regional High School, has served on the Campton Fire Department since 1995, with the rank of Captain since 1999. He was hired as a full-time firefighter for the Plymouth Fire Department in 2003.

"He's the kind of guy who is never satisfied with his work. He just wants to keep doing better and better," said Chief Clogston. "He has continued to excel on the job. He has been holding the position of shift leader for the last four months and has proven himself time and time again." Tobine's appointment was greeted by a round of applause and support from many of his fellow firefighters who attended the meeting.

On behalf of the board of selectmen, Chairperson Charlie Buhrman then presented plaques recognizing the extraordinary service of four dedicated public servants. First up was Dave Switzer, who served on the Plymouth Planning Board from 1993 until 2008. He was also presented with a second plaque for 22 years of service on the Plymouth Conservation Commission from 1986 to 2009. Plaques of recognition and appreciation were also presented to Bill Houle for his service on the Planning Board from 1994 to 2009, Ray Gosney who served on the Planning Board from 2002 until 2008 and served as Chairperson from 2004 until 2008, and Fred Gould for service on the Planning Board from 2006 until 2009.

In other business, Chairman Buhrman reported that the Plymouth Public Safety Building Committee has held its first meeting at which Fire Chief Casino Clogston was appointed chairperson and Deputy chief Tom Morrison was appointed vice chairperson. The first task of the committee will be to conduct a review of possible building sites in town. Buhrman said that he thought that process could be completed within a matter of weeks.

He also reported that the board attended the recent Fireman's Ball, which is likely to become an annual event to raise money for important community causes. This year the event raised money to assist an former Plymouth firefighter who went to work for the New York Fire Department just prior to 9-11 and as a result of his service during that tragedy, he is now suffering lung cancer, but is no longer being cared for under the city's healthcare program.

The board heard a report from Michael King of North Country Council. Susan Swope and Stuart Crowell were reappointed to the Plymouth Conservation Commission.

Valerie Scarborough reported on the establishment of a new Pride in Plymouth award through the Campus Community Council, which is currently accepting nominations from the public for candidates for the award, which will recognize service by any individual, or organization that has made a positive impact on the quality of life in Plymouth.

Town Administration Paul Freitas reported that Metrocast has submitted a proposal to extend cable service to residents of Texas Hill Road. Freitas said that this is work the town has been trying to get done for the past 14 years. Time Warner has submitted a proposal that would cost the Town $87,000 to connect the approximately 30 residents of Texas Hill Road. Metrocast has offered to do the work free of charge to the Town of Plymouth. The board noted that negotiations with Time Warner Cable are soon to begin on a new service contract. The present contract expires in 2013, but Cable Access Manager Jamie Capach explained that early negotiations would put the Town into the best position with respect to contract terms.

The next regular meeting of the board of selectmen will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall. Memorial Day festivities will be held on Monday, May 25 beginning with a Parade at 10:30 a.m.

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