Longtime Goffstown selectman won't seek re-election
"I remember when the covered bridge was in town. You had the town hall with the nice clock tower and the covered bridge across the street. It's the missing link between the river and the rail trail," he said.
"The town was facing the closure of the landfill along with pressure from the state for a solid waste plan. I was concerned that the low commercial and industrial tax base in Goffstown would attract any type of industry for its potential tax revenue, such as the large regional mass-burn incinerator that was proposed to the Planning Board by Wheelabrator," he said.
"We have not had a management letter from our auditors for three years. We have a top bond rating with a very low debt load," he said.
His goal of helping to maintain Goffstown's unique character as a safe place to live, work and raise a family has attracted many people and businesses to town. He said during his term the board has accomplished many of the things it set out to do, including building the transfer station in 1992, the relocation of Henry Bridge Road, establishing the Goffstown TV cable access channel, seeing the Board of Selectmen members increase from three to five members in 1994, fulfilling the adoption of ballot voting through SB2, bringing automated solid waste collection to town, rehabilitating the upper elementary school building into elderly housing, seeing the closure of the landfill and reusing the land for ball fields, and re-establishing a certified K-9 team.
"The town has an active solid waste/recycling committee and an active Economic Development Council that work with the selectmen to find solutions as issues come up in the future," he said.
"The town employees make the town work to serve the community. They are an asset to the town as they will go above and beyond when needed," he said.
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