ROACHDALE -- William Long has been on the Roachdale Town Council for 16 years. And the board members honored him Tuesday with a surprise: a small plaque.
Police chief Mike Mahoy brought out the plaque and thanked Long for his years of service.
Long said he appreciated the gesture and felt his time was done on the council. He said he would be around if the board needed him and he believes he leaves the board in good hands.
"I've enjoyed the 16 years working with good members, but out of the 16 years these are the best two I've worked with," Long said.
Long will leave the board after losing his seat in the town election in November.
He also offered praise to town secretary/treasurer Martha Lauk, Greg Poole, Mahoy and other members of the town government. Long said he believes incoming board member Zack Bowers will be a great fit and be good for Roachdale.
The board is also selling dog tags for registered animals in the town. Dog owners are required to buy the new tags for their animals to keep information up to date. Dog tags are on sale now for $5 and after March 1, the price will rise to $10.
The board also approved the purchase of a new truck as well as a trade-in value for the old truck. The town's current pickup will be traded in for $2,150.
The board will hold a special meeting at the town office on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the progress of the gas project.
The meeting will feature state officials, the Roachdale Police and Fire departments, EMA, EMS and others.
The public is invited to attend, though another meeting focused solely on public perspective will be held at a later date.