Town Thanks Longtime Volunteers for Service
The Town of Hillsborough thanks longtime volunteers Dan Barker and Dave Remington, who recently wrapped up more than a decade of service on town advisory boards.
“Dan and Dave are both a rare breed of volunteer,” Assistant Town Manager and Planning Director Margaret Hauth said. “They each served on an advisory board for the maximum period and volunteered again to return after a brief break. They both have a true interest in the community and dedication to public service. They both chaired boards, which is an added responsibility that some volunteers shy away from. Working with engaged and dedicated local residents like Dave and Dan is one of the best parts of what I do.”
Barker served almost 10 years on the Planning Board and 6 years on the Board of Adjustment. In 2008 and 2009, he served on the second phase of the Strategic Growth Plan Task Force. And as an Orange County appointee, he served on an earlier Hillsborough Strategic Growth Plan Task Force and the first Hillsborough Train Station Task Force. A recent home relocation made him ineligible to continue serving on town advisory boards.
“I first volunteered about a year after I moved to Hillsborough,” Barker said. “It has let me meet my neighbors and get to know people I would have never met otherwise. More people should take advantage of the opportunities. Volunteering gives community members insight into the future of town and a real connection to the decision-making process that is hard to find in larger cities.”
Barker also served almost 14 years on the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, which was chartered in 2001.
“Dan Barker has been a stable presence on the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee nearly since its inception,” Utilities Director Marie Strandwitz said. “He has provided invaluable input to help guide the town’s water and sewer operations and budget. Over many years, he has provided solid insight and explanation to countless customers about components of the water and sewer rates that many customers simply do not know or understand. I’m so thankful for his service to Hillsborough. He will be missed as a committee member and a customer.”
Remington served 10 years on the Board of Adjustment and 6 years on the Planning Board. From 2005 to 2007, he served on the Churton Street Strategic Plan Commission; and in 2009, he served on the second Hillsborough Rail Station Task Force. He did all of this while living just outside the town limits in an area where the town has zoning jurisdiction.
“I sometimes wondered if it seemed silly for me to spend so many years on town volunteer boards when I don't actually live within the town limits,” Remington said. “As a resident where the town has extraterritorial jurisdiction, I don't have the privilege of voting in town elections or paying town taxes, but I am subject to town development ordinances. Nevertheless, in my time here, I've always felt like part of the Hillsborough community. This is the one place I've lived in which I've really felt the call to give my time and effort to the community that has welcomed and nurtured my family.”
Want to volunteer?
The Planning Board has an opening for a volunteer who lives in the Fairview neighborhood, northwest Hillsborough, or the U.S. 70A area. You can apply for this position now or for other advisory board seats at any time. There are opportunities to serve even when living outside town limits. For more information about the boards and a link to the online application, see Volunteer Opportunities on the town website. Also, see the Volunteer Opportunities video on the town's YouTube channel.