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(J.R.S. 99)

Offered by: Senator Bahre of Addison County and Senator Ready of Addison County.

Whereas, Arthur Gibb has resided in Vermont for almost six decades, and

Whereas, during that time he contributed to the welfare of the state and its people as president and trustee of Porter Medical Center of Middlebury, trustee of Baird Center for Children and Families, director of the Parent Child Center of Addison County, trustee of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and member of the State Committee of the YMCA, and

Whereas, he has served the State of Vermont as chairman of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, chairman of the Weybridge Zoning Board of Adjustment, chairman of the Governor's Commission on Environmental Control in 1969, and the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Health in 1992, and

Whereas, he represented the people of Addison County as a Member of the House (1963-70) and as a Member of the Senate (1971-86), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee (1966-70), Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee (1975-76 and 1985-86), and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance (1977-84), and

Whereas, he was the chair of the Gibb Commission, which produced a report that led to the enactment of Act 250, which in turn may have had a greater effect on the development of the state and the conservation of its natural resources than any other piece of legislation ever enacted by this general assembly, and

Whereas, he continues to serve as a member of the Vermont Environmental Board, of which he has been a member since 1987 and of which he was chairman from March 1994 to February 1995, and

Whereas, he served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater (1942-45), and holds the Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Medal, and ten Battle Stars and holds the present rank of Captain USNR (Ret.), all of which helped prepare him for his duties at the Environmental Board, and

Whereas, April 16, 1998 marks Arthur Gibb's 90th birthday, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of this General Assembly are pleased to extend very special birthday wishes to Arthur Gibb on completion of his first 90 years, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be directed to prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Arthur Gibb.