Books on the Common co-owner Ellen Burns has been appointed to the town Parking Authority, becoming the second village businesswoman on the five-member agency, along with Ancient Mariner owner Jessica Wilmot. \u201cIt obviously becomes an emotional thing when you\u2019re in business and your customers drive away because they can\u2019t find parking space,\u201d she told the the Board of Selectmen at the June 7 meeting where she was unanimously appointed. But Burns assured the board she could bring a broader perspective.. \u201cI have lived in Ridgefield 35 years,\u201d she said. \u201cI see the issues of the town as a citizen and not just as a owner of Books on the Common.\u201d The selectmen noted that if Burns joined Wilmot on the Parking Authority, the agency would have two village business owners. \u201cI\u2019m on the other side of Main Street,\u201d she said. \u201cI think it\u2019s great to have merchants stepping forward for this committee,\u201d said Selectman Bob Hebert said. \u201cYou see and live with the problem.\u201d She told the selectmen the parking issues in town seem to be getting to be more difficult. \u201cI\u2019ve heard people say the lot by the Boys and Girls Club is half empty all the time. It\u2019s not. It\u2019s full,\u201d she said. She shared some skepticism about the Parking Authority\u2019s practice of suspending enforcement of parking time limits in village lots during the holiday shopping season. \u201cMy observation is, all the employees park there,\u201d she said. Burns told the board she\u2019ll have time for things, like service on the Parking Authority, since she is winding down her 28-year private accounting practice. She has also worked as vice president of finance and administration for Dapco Industries and was controller and manager of administration for Schlumberger before it moved to Boston. Her public service includes work on the recent citizens committee that studied potential uses for the town-owned former Schlumberger property, and she is the president and a founder of the Ridgefield Open Space Association and The Friends of Bennetts Pond. From 2012 to 2014, she served on the retail committee of the Chamber of Commerce. \u201cYou have done wonderful work for the town,\u201d said Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark. The vote to put Burns on the Parking Authority was unanimous. She fills a vacancy left by the resignation of Mark Seavy. Other Parking Authority members are: Chairman Christopher Fusaro, who has a business in Stamford; Richard Moccia, retired former mayor of Norwalk; Robert Murphy, a retired educator; and Wilmot, the restaurant owner.