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(1)The selectboard’s been working with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on a plan to upgrade the salt marsh north of Route 1 down by the dyke at the bottom of George Wright Rd. This developed out of the need to upgrade the culvert on George Wright Road, which has been rapidly eroding. We can't afford to replace that structure, so we're working with Maine DOT and KELT to develop an affordable and environmentally-friendly alternative. (2) In order to maintain tax fairness, every municipality must periodically conduct a revaluation of all properties, even though Woolwich has managed to keep its ratio of sales to value steady for many years. It's a costly process but if done well, will serve us for many years into the future. Another priority for all of us is to maintain municipal fiscal stability while providing for the needs of the Town. (3) When covid-19 hit, we worked hard to safely operate our town office, hold selectboard meetings, Town Meeting, and our elections. This work continues.
I’m running for re-election to the selectboard because I love this Town and the people who live here. I work in Farmington and when people ask why I don’t live closer to work, my answer is always, “I love my job and I love where I live.” I enjoy finding answers for people seeking to start a new business, or how and where to vote, or how they can get involved in Town business, or introduce them to our annual alewife harvesting operations. Every day brings a new challenge. I’m responsive and will always call you back. Our community volunteers are at the core of the Town’s work – our first responders, for instance, especially this year, never stopped working when covid hit, and I’m grateful for their service.
The selectboard’s major role is to balance the Town's needs and wants against the fiscal burden on the taxpayers. We’ve expanded some needed services, such as EMS, while keeping tax increases to a minimum. The Board will be planning for a major revaluation of all Town properties in the next two years. This will involve a major outlay of funds, planning, and organization, but it will serve us well for many years and result in more property tax fairness. Also, after a volunteer committee drafted four adult-use marijuana ordinances, the selectboard organized and conducted a public hearing on them under covid restrictions. The ordinances were approved at Town Meeting, and the selectboard is working with the Planning Board to ensure consistent implementation with respect to the state rules while meeting the needs of the businesses and their customers, as well as townspeople. Finally, we've been able to use proceeds from the Town’s alewife harvest as a way to maintain our historic buildings.
I love this Town. I’ve enjoyed the problem solving, and all the work that goes beyond the twice monthly meetings. I’m very accessible and will always return phone calls or emails and get answers for you. We’re lucky to have the staff we have to run the Town’s elections, and all of the other services the Town offers. We’re also fortunate to have an exceptional Fire/Rescue service in Town; the EMS service in particular over the past year has done a great job in running the Town’s emergency services.