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Two town workers say they’re leaving

MASON — Road agent Fred Greenwood and administrative assistant Barbara Milkovitz have both informed the select board that they are leaving their positions. Greenwood, who has been the town’s road agent for four years, resigned from his position on May 10. In an interview on Tuesday, select board chair Charlie Moser acknowledged that the board accepted Greenwood’s letter of resignation at their May 13 meeting.

“There are ongoing personnel issues in the town. I am not willing to comment any further,” said Moser.

When contacted on Tuesday, Greenwood stated that he had no comment beyond his letter.The letter states that “The forward progress made in regards to the conditions of the roads in Mason and the progress made within the department itself seems to be changing as a priority. As the political landscape changes with elections, these priorities also change.”

The letter goes on to say that Greenwood weighed “many factors” prior to coming to his decision to resign.

“Honesty and integrity are characteristics that are too easily abandoned in the face of any resistance and due diligence seem to be forgotten in the rush of political expediency,” according to Greenwood’s letter.

During the same meeting, the select board was presented with Barbara Milkovitz’s letter of intent to retire. The town’s personnel policy requires a six-month notice, so Milkovitz’s last day will not be until November.

Malkovitz, who has been town administrative assistant in Mason for 24 years, returned to work April 14 after being involved in a motorcycle accident late last October, causing her to miss almost six months of work.

Milkovitz’s letter to the select board states, “My husband Marty and I suffered a serious motorcycle accident. During these past few months, I have become painfully aware of how short and fragile life really is. While we still have good health, we want to take advantage of the last few good years of our lives which has prompted this decision to retire.” The letter goes on to state that Milkovitz would be willing to train her eventual replacement.

In an interview on Tuesday, Milkovitz expressed her will to be available to the town for consulting.

“I’d be available to help out from time to time on a contract,” she said. “But I want to live my life.”

Milkovitz wants to live the remainder of her life to the fullest and not rule out any adventures that may come her way.

“Motorcycle trips are still a possibility. Life is meant to be lived. After you go through a life changing event, you realize that importance.”

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