During this term (2020-2023) the goals I would will support and ask the full Board of Selectman to support are:
1) A multi-generational Community Center for the Town of Topsham- I believe there is a need and a strong desire from the community for this project. The community has a need for more recreation and social space
2) LED Streetlight Conversion- Streetlights are Topsham's largest electrical expense combined with fees we pay to lease lights we have an opportunity to lower that expense by 50-70%
3) Continued support of Region 10 Technical High School plans for a 4-year High School- This will provide us an opportunity to meet the need for skilled labor in the area as well keep our children here
4) Topsham Police Department- I will ensure recommendations from a recent Maine Chiefs of Police Association Review are implemented. We have an opportunity strengthen our police department by assuring training, leadership and community interaction meets the desires of the community
As I seek my 4th term to the Topsham Board of Selectman I want voters to know that I do this simply for the love of my town. My time on the Board of Selectman is just a portion of the 22 years of service I have given the town in varying roles. The only agenda you will find from me is to do what's best for Topsham. To represent an entire community you cannot focus on specific agenda items, you must be multi-faceted in representing a community of just under 9,000 people.
Over the past 3 terms I have been dedicated to Topsham. I come prepared, I seek information in order to make informed decisions and I listen. Because of this my peers on the Board have elected me Chairman for the past five years. I have only missed two meetings, workshops, budget hearings and interviews over this time. I take my role very seriously.
To learn more about my service to Topsham and a little bit about me personally please visit my Facebook page. I've posted 3 videos detailing my 22 years of service.
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As the newest board member, I seek and encourage new ways to assist our residents, businesses, and the government in becoming more economically, socially, and environmentally responsible. I have proposed an energy committee that will implement weatherization programs for residential and commercial businesses, community solar options, encourage and support electric vehicles, own our own streetlights and upgrade lights to LEDs, and install solar on our landfill.
Topsham needs to do more to foster openness and transparency, increase public participation and improve communications between the town and its citizens. The town has many underutilized tools such as the town website, Facebook, YouTube, email lists, mailings, and Channel 3, through which we could engage citizens via polls, surveys, videos, and virtual neighborhood meetings. I would like to see the town create a communications plan to ensure we are adequately and effectively using the proper channels to best engage our citizens.
I am running for Topsham Select Board. I am a native Mainer and ten-year resident of Topsham.
I have twelve years’ experience in state government, and undergraduate degree in geology, and a master’s degree in public policy, planning, and management in sustainable communities. Also, I’m serving my seventh year as a Brunswick Topsham Water District (BTWD) trustee. I was drawn to this work for their regional collaborative approach and would encourage more of this from our municipality.
Also, I led the Topsham Solar Advocates community group. We wrote the new solar zoning ordinance to bring in new green businesses and tax revenue. And championed the solar power agreement saving Topsham >$38K/year. I also brought solar to BTWD saving on average $42K/year. Additionally, I led our community in passing plastic bag and Styrofoam ordinances.
Through these experiences I know we can do more to improve our social, financial, and environmental sustainability. Please vote for me November 3rd.