As someone who enjoys volunteering in town government, it is exciting for me, to see a contested race for the Planning Board. There are four residents who are willing to offer their time and attention to the planning process of our town. Now we need to learn more about them, because there are only 2 seats open. I have started to see signs go up on lawns but this alone will not educate us on what these individuals believe is the best direction for our town’s development. This should not be a “who knows who” process. This should be about the one incumbent’s record and three challenger’s visions.
We all need to learn more about them before we head to the polls on May 12th. I am hoping for some insight starting Monday night at our Annual Town Meeting. There are 7 warrant articles that relate to zoning and planning. Five of them are on the warrant by the Planning Board, one by the Historical Commission and one on public safety.
I encourage each of the candidates to stand up at town meeting and speak to at least one of these articles. This will help voters make an informed decision on who will best serve our town as a member of the Planning Board on Monday, May 12th.