It appeared to be your typical busy Board of Selectmen in Belmont, filled with executive actions, hearing reports and approving agendas.
But today's meeting, Monday, Sept. 9, was bittersweet for so many in town government and around town: it was Assistant Town Administrator Kellie Hebert's final board meeting.
But before leaving to become the Town Administrator in Topsfield, Hebert was honored with a get together with an impressive outpouring of town and school officials to grab a hug (and a bagel or muffin) and wish Kellie a great deal of success in her new job.
Many praised Hebert's two-and-a-half year tenure in Town Hall, especially when she stepped in to run the office as interim Town Administrator just months after taking the assistant's position. They noted her professionalism and skill when she help lead the town in its annual budget process when she was still considered new on the job.
Selectmen Chair Mark Paolillo feted Hebert by saying that the selectmen would be missing "her personality and you laughing at my stupid jokes" as the board presented a nice plaque and a gift certificate to il Casale "to ensure you make the long trek back to town."
"It's been a great journey. It's only been two-and-a-half years but it seems like l've known all of you for so long. My success is really a reflection of all of your support, your hard work and commitment," she said, noting that she'll remember moving the Clark House with ten-days notice.
"But that is a great visual of the great people who are committed and dedicated and have a mission and a goal to get it done. To me, that symbolizes the kind of teamwork I've been able to witness here," she said.