NO. R-43. JOINT RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF FERDINAND "NUNDY" BONGARTZ.
Offered by:Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County, Senator Barry of Chittenden County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Chard of Windham County, Senator Ehrich of Bennington County, Senator Hooker of Rutland County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Riehle of Chittenden County, Senator Sears of Bennington County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.
Whereas, Ferdinand "Nundy" Bongartz settled in Manchester a half century ago, having relocated from New Jersey, and
Whereas, he rapidly displayed a passionate concern for the civic vitality of his adopted home town and state, and
Whereas, Nundy Bongartz manifested his interest in community public service, and the intricacies of municipal government, by serving on many local panels, including the Manchester School Board, the Manchester Selectboard and the Manchester Planning Commission of which he was a member for 23 years, and
Whereas, his fairness, judicial temperament and administrative expertise persuasively convinced the voters of Manchester to repeatedly select him as the towns moderator, in which role he capably guided the deliberations of the Manchester Town Meeting for 25 consecutive years, and where he became renowned for his good humor, his wit, his charm and his incredible intellect at the podium, and
Whereas, the citizens of Manchester long regarded Nundy Bongartz as a very special friend and advisor whose wise counsel they frequently solicited, and as a lover of the character of individual communities and the historic integrity of towns, and
Whereas, Nundy Bongartz served as a member of the Bennington County Regional Commission for 22 years, served as a member of the Bennington County Republican Committee for 18 years, including terms as chair and vice-chair, and acted as a delegate to the Republican State Committee for 18 years, and
Whereas, his reputation for honesty and integrity, combined with his knowledge of the planning process, resulted in his appointment to the District 8 Environmental Commission in 1971 by Governor Deane Davis, to which he was reappointed and served withdistinction until his appointment to the Environmental Board on March 25, 1977, by Governor Richard Snelling, and
Whereas, Nundy Bongartz was subsequently reappointed to the Environmental Board by Governor Richard Snelling, by Governor Madeleine Kunin, and by Governor Howard Dean, and continued to serve on the Environmental Board until February 23, 1994, and
Whereas, Nundy Bongartz was renowned for his fairmindedness as a board member, for the way he meticulously evaluated each case based on its statutory merits, and for his great concern with the rights of developers as well as the rights of other parties to the Act 250 process, and
Whereas, as a public servant and a private citizen, Nundy Bongartz carried himself with great dignity and composure when faced with trying circumstances, and
Whereas, in recognition of his unique role in the annals of Manchester municipal government during the last 50 years, the Manchester Selectboard dedicated its 1997 annual report in his honor, and
Whereas, his life accomplishments set a glowing example for others to follow, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly, saddened by the recent passing of one of Vermonts most revered citizens, extends its sincere condolences to the family of Ferdinand "Nundy" Bongartz, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to his loving wife, Jean Bongartz.