Candidates for first selectman in Pomfret
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Pomfret - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
The following candidates will be on the ballot for first selectman on Nov. 5 in Pomfret:
Maureen Nicholson (D) said, "The major issues facing Pomfret are the loss of or reduction in state funding and the lack of timely budget numbers from the state. We rely heavily on state aid. Thirty percent of our revenues come from the state including significant Educational Cost Sharing money. If those amounts should drop, serious consequences would fall directly on residents and necessitate tax increases and reductions in services. Every year we face the problem of finalizing our budget before we have hard numbers from the state. It makes it very difficult to budget accurately," said Nicholson.
"I believe I can continue to have a positive impact on our community. I have a record of projects and constructive improvements and experience that uniquely qualifies me as First Selectman. I have deep roots in the town. My involvement includes the PCS, PTO, Little League, Scouts, recreation, Senior Association, Friend of the Libraries, Planning and Zoning, Board of Finance Chair, First Selectman, and editor to the Pomfret Times for 18 years. I am aware of the various issues that are of concern to our residents. I am proud of the record of improvements and programs implemented during my roles of leadership as member and chairman of the Board of Finance and as a Selectman and First Selectman. I am committed to keeping Pomfret the kind of community we all want to call home."
Peter Mann (R) said, "One of the biggest issues facing Pomfret is a sewer project involving Pomfret School, Rectory School and Loos Company. They will be paying for it, but it will come through the town because of how USDA grants work. The project is in the engineering stages now, but there will be some discussion about it. We’ll have to have a town meeting to approve the expenditures.
Education is always an issue. Even though we aren’t Board of Education members, we’re always trying to find ways to save money. I think one way is to partner with other communities to keep our special education programs local to keep outplacement costs down.
I can’t tell you I’ll reduce taxes, but we will be very prudent with the town’s money," said Mann.
"I’ve been involved in the town since moving here 18 years ago. I’ve been a selectman for the last two years. I’ve been on the Board of Finance, and chaired the Economic Development Committee. In other towns I’ve served on just about everything but the Board of Education."