FRAMINGHAM – City Clerk Valerie Mulvey gave the oath of office to the City’s newest Planning Board member today, July 5.
Joseph Norton, from District 1, was sworn in to replace Stephanie Mercandetti, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer.
Norton, was one of two Planning Board members approved by the 11-member City Council on June 5. Also appointed by the Mayor was Shannon Fitzpatrick, also from District 1.
Fitzpatrick will replace Thomas Mahoney, the longest serving member on the Board. He did not wish to be re-appointed after first being elected in 1999.
The Planning Board is now appointed by the Mayor, after the community switched from a Town to a City. Previously, Planning Board members were elected.
The Mayor authorized Norton to be sworn in as of July 1.
Norton, who is a member of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, will serve on both boards until the Mayor submits her names for the Zoning Board to the Council, and they are approved by the Council.
Norton and Fitzpatrick will join elected Planning Board members Christine Long, Lewis Colten, and Victor Ortiz, to make up the City of Framingham Planning Board.
Long, who lives in District 1, was re-elected to a 3-year term in 2017, so her term ends in 2020. The terms of Colten, who lives in District 1, and Ortiz, who lives in District 8, end in 2019.
Norton has more than 25 years of experience in business as a real estate agent and executive manager. He ran for City Councilor in District 1 in 2017, but lost to Charlie Sisitsky. Norton has participated in the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative at Holy Cross College, and completed course work related to planning, zoning, building and conservation. He is a life-long Framingham resident.
Fitzpatrick is an attorney for the Fitzpatrick Family Law office and was named one of the top 10 Massachusetts Lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly in 2003. She has been a resident in Framingham since 2007.