[Ed note: On Tuesday, May 14th, residents will vote to appoint two candidates out of the four running for the Board of Selectmen. To help you make that decision, I have invited each of them to submit a letter to readers. You may comment to endorse the candidate. No mudslinging allowed.]
To the Editor:
I was born and raised in Southborough, where I joined the Fire Department in 1978. In 2002, I was promoted to Captain. Upon my retirement in 2015, I was appointed Senior Staff Representative at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations/Joint Labor Management Committee. In this role, I conduct mediation and dispute resolution between municipalities and their firefighters and police officers. I have been a member of the Southborough Community Preservation Committee for many years, have served on the Housing Authority, and I am Chair of the Southborough Historical Commission.
I am running for Selectman because I share a love of what makes Southborough unique: its conservation lands, its traditional feel and its open, participatory government. Recently however, pressures have been building to inalterably change our town, and not for the better. Our town government is often not responsive to the wishes of the voters or the recommendations of our various town boards, committees and commissions. If elected, I will pay attention to voters’ concerns, take advice from town boards and committees, and then put into practice fiscally sound policies that enhance the quality of life for us all.
I have several priorities if elected:
- make sure the voters have a say in the disposition of our remaining agricultural lands
- pursue options for delaying the start-time for our middle and high school students
- explore the creation of a Community Center using public/private partnership
- use my negotiator skills to seek increased PILOT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) from our largest nonprofit educational institutions: Fay School, St. Marks and the New England Center for Children
- begin the process of replanting trees on our streetscapes, and removing invasive species as well as dead/fallen trees from our DCR lands
- host regular bi-monthly office hours to directly hear and respond to voter concerns
Candidate for Southborough Selectman