FRAMINGHAM – “After a complete and thorough review of applications and performing interviews from a pool of 8 candidates, consisting of 4 females and 4 males representing Districts 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7, Mayor Yvonne Spicer has selected the seven applicants she plans to propose to the City Council for review and approval,” announced a press release from the Mayor’s office today, July 12.
The Mayor has appointed the current chair and 5 other current members to the Commission.
The City Council’s subcommittee on appointments, chaired by Cheryl Tully Stoll, will review the appointments and then make a recommendation to the full City Council to vote on the nominations to the Council.
The 11-member City Council still has to approve the appointment recommendations by the Mayor, before the individuals can be sworn in. If the City Council does not act within 30 days, the individuals are automatically appointed.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for implementing local, state, and federal wetland laws, managing conservation land, and engaging the public in conservation efforts.
Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer is pleased to announce the final candidates for the City of Framingham Conservation Commission:
- Current vice chair Sampath K. Bade holds a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has over 20 years of experience in providing services for environmental and civil engineering project throughout Massachusetts. Bade resides in District 6.
- Current chair Robert Bois holds a M.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in Biology. Mr. Bois has served as the Environmental Compliance Officer for the Town of Natick since 2002 and previously worked for the Department of Environmental Protection. Bois resides in District 2.
- Current member Jennifer Forman-Orth holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology, an M.A. in Energy and Environmental Studies, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Ms. Foreman-Orth presently works for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and has extensive knowledge of invasive species and native species. Foreman-Orth resides in District 1.
- Current member Priya Ghandbar is an Assistant City Solicitor for the Town of Gardner, as well as an Associate Attorney for Flick Law Group, P.C. and has experience in legal matters involving environmental affairs. Priya Ghandbar resides in District 3.
- Current member William Merriam holds a Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Fundamentals Certificate and Advanced Certificate, and has had training on technical and legal topics surrounding conservation. Mr. Merriam has a firm understanding on conservation permitting. Merrian resides in District 3.
- Temitayo Akinbola has a M.S. in Science and Policy, M.B.A. in Business Administration, M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Biology and is currently working for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Akinbola currently resides in District 7.
- Current member Thomas Liveston, Jr. holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology and is currently working as a Project Engineer performing safety inspections. Mr. Liveston has previous experience conducting geotechnical investigations and designing geotechnical programs. Liveston currently resides in District 3.
Applicants were required to live in Framingham, have a diverse background that demonstrated experience in storm-water engineering, botany, invasive species management, environmental law, geotechnical engineering and chemical engineering, and possess the ability to work collaboratively in all size groups and with the public.