2008-07-31 / News

Council chambers named in honor of much loved town clerk

By Donna K. Drago

Retired town employee John Doty received the honor of hanging the plaque dedicating the council chambers to Rosamond A. Tefft, the town clerk from 1954 to 1979. Photo by Donna Drago Retired town employee John Doty received the honor of hanging the plaque dedicating the council chambers to Rosamond A. Tefft, the town clerk from 1954 to 1979. Photo by Donna Drago The recently-renovated Town Council chambers were officially dedicated Monday night to former town clerk Rosamond A. Tefft, who served Jamestown in that capacity from 1954 to 1979.

Councilman Robert Sutton read aloud from the new plaque that extolled the many virtues of Tefft. "Admired and respected by her peers, Rosamond was a dedicated public servant," the plaque says.

Sutton continued, "In an earlier time, before town managers and administrators, the town clerk was the hub around which the wheels of local government revolved," and read, "sooner or later, everyone who lived in town called upon the services of the town clerk."

"Rosamond A. Tefft was just such a town clerk," the plaque proclaims.

Town Council President Julio DiGiando said that the impetus to honor Tefft by naming the council chambers after her came from retired town employee John Doty, who petitioned the council with the request.

Doty was given the task of hanging the plaque on a designated spot on the wall. After making sure it was level, Doty thanked the council for its consideration of his request. He said that Tefft was "a loving, caring person" and that during her 25-year stint as town clerk "did a lot for the town."

Doty described a simpler time when town managers typically had full-time jobs and Tefft was usually called upon to make decisions. "Usually everyone went along with what she said and did," Doty recalled.

"This will be a living memorial to her," Doty added.

In the second recognition of the meeting, the Town Council read a proclamation expressing its appreciation to Melissa M. Minto, the outgoing Teen Coordinator who is leaving her position at the end of the month to pursue graduate studies at Cornell University.

The proclamation says that Minto is "a mentor and role model for our youth," who brought teens together to "participate in programs that build self-confidence and instill important values."

Councilwoman Barbara Szepatowski read from the proclamation which resolved to honor Minto for her "dedication and service to the youth of this community."

Minto received a standing ovation from the audience and was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Town Administrator Bruce Keiser. Many of the island's teens were present to applaud Minto on Monday night.

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