Board of Public Works
Three residents are elected to 3-year staggered terms with authority to manage the Department of Public Works, also having the duties and powers of Road Commissioners, Water Commissioners, and Sewer Commissioners. The BPW also serves as members of the board for the Municipal Light Plant along with two members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The BPW appoints the Director of Public Works and Town Engineer. The DPW maintains the physical assets of the town (excluding buildings) and provides water and sewer services. The Municipal Light Plant is the provider of electrical service for the town. The DPW also manages the Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF). The Board meets monthly as BPW and also meets as MLP and at other times as required.
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Scott K Bender
Why are you running for this office? What are your top priorities?
Candidate for Re-Election
Green Ribbon &Sustainable Energy Committee 10yrs. Town Meeting 9yrs. Currently on Board Public Works
Update & increase resiliency of infrastructure. Advance technology integration to improve services. Achieve Town-wide resource & environmental goals. In the short term, we have conservation and efficiency opportunities in our use of electricity and water. There are many opportunities that are low-hanging fruit where residents can save money while implementing best practices. In the longer term we have more complex challenges which require investment in infrastructure. For our WMLP, investments include updating our electric grid to keep pace with electrification of cars and home heating. Our DPW needs to invest in our aging infrastructure which manages storm water and enables multimodal local mobility for our seniors, students and all others traversing our roads, sidewalks and paths.
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