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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer has nominated a District 4 resident to replace former Planning Board Chair Christine Long on the 5-member Planning Board.

Long resigned from the Planning Board earlier this year. She was elected the District 1 City Councilor in November 2019.

The Mayor nominate Thomas Buie for a 3-year term to end June 30, 2023.

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Buie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson
University and has years of experience in commercial construction.

“In his current role as senior scheduler for Commodore Builders, Buie is responsible for reviewing and updating construction schedules with project teams. In this role he identifies and documents issues that affect construction schedule, advises teams on potential scheduling conflicts and mitigation efforts, reports to senior leadership team on project status and key issues affecting projects, and assists in rollout of new scheduling software and Lean Construction practices,” wrote the Mayor to the 22-member City Council in a May 21 memo.

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The nomination is effective in 30 days, unless the City Council votes to reject the nomination.

The City Council is expected to refer the appointment to the Council’s Appointments Subcommittee chaired by District 6 Councilor Phil Ottaviani Jr.

The subcommittee will then make a recommendation to the full City Council for a vote in June.

Other members of the Planning Board, now all appointed by the Mayor, are:

  • Vice Chair Joseph Norton, Precinct 1, term ends June 30 2021
  • Shannon Fitzpatrick, Precinct 1, terms ends June 30, 2021
  • Chair Kristina Johnson, Precinct 7, terms ends June 30, 2022
  • Aaron Bober, Precinct 1, terms ends June 30, 2022

With the appointment, the make-up of the Planning Board goes from four members from District 1 to 3 members from one of the 9 districts in the City.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.