Candidate Addresses Crowd Of 50 At Pomfret Community Forum

October 30, 2013

in News,Pomfret

By Katy Savage, Standard Staff

POMFRET — One person came forward and announced his candidacy for Pomfret’s open Selectboard position at the community forum Wednesday night.

Doug Tuthill, who has previously served a three-year term as a Selectboard member and has also been on the planning commission, took a round of questions from more than 50 residents that filled three rooms at the Abbott Memorial Library.

The Selectboard position became open after the previous chair, Kevin Lessard resigned due to personal reasons in September, six months shy of completing his three-year term.

Some residents at the meeting wanted to see someone new on the board who could potentially start a clean slate in the town where a number of employees and appointed officials have said the Selectboard is too overbearing.

Tuthill admitted that he, too, would like to see a fresh face on the board.

The group discussed where Pomfret is headed in five years. They talked about unresolved issues, such as the auditors request to have access to New England Municipal Resource Center, the program they need to do their job. They also talked about transparency, open meeting law and town finances, among a number of other topics.

There is a Town Meeting scheduled for Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. If elected, Tuthill would serve on the board until March and then there would be another election.

Betsy Siebeck said getting more people to run for the position by then should be a goal.

“By March, we as a town should try to have a choice…just because it’s not healthy to only have one person running for office,” she said.

Read the full story in next week’s Standard.


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