WEARE — Though turnout at the town's deliberative session was sparse, officials hope that folks who have questions about warrant articles will seek answers during a series of information sessions slated for the next couple of weeks.
"There are a lot of very important issues on this year's ballot," said Town Administrator Naomi Bolton, so officials from various departments and the Board of Selectmen decided to make themselves available to the public to answer questions and provide more detail if necessary.
"Deliberative session was held the first Saturday in February and only attended by approximately 50 people," said Bolton.
With most of the residents in the town missing out on presentations that back up the warrant articles, the push now is to get that information into the hands of voters.
Coffee hour March 10
On Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall, voters can find out more about the articles that will appear on the ballot. Then on Monday, March 10 — the night before the town votes — there will a coffee hour featuring officials and candidates, followed by a program that allows voters to call in and get their questions answered.
Bolton said the planned information sessions are intended to be "low key," and will allow residents to mingle and speak casually with officials, including Public Works Director Tim Redmond, Police Chief John Velleca and Fire Chief Robert Vezina about the warrant articles that address specific needs within their departments.
Among those issues are the request for $967,000 to fund a new public works garage, new contracts for police officers and public works employees, two new police officer positions and replacement of vehicles for several departments.
Candidates night March 4
Because there are two seats up for grabs on the Board of Selectmen this year, and both of those seats are contested, the town will host a candidates night on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.
Incumbent Selectman Keith Lacasse will be joined by official candidates Jeffrey Remillard, Jennifer Mudge Bohl and Barry Arnold and write-in candidate John Meany. Richard Butt, who has served on the board for six years, is not running for reelection, according to Bolton.
"These two seats are three-year terms, so we encourage you to come hear more about them and why they have decided to run," said Bolton. "There will be an opportunity to ask questions as well."
The two candidates for the only other contested race in town — library trustee — have been invited to attend the candidates night too, said Bolton.
"Having the opportunity to get all the information and facts before the vote is vital, which is why these events have been scheduled," she said.