My name is Peter Golec, and I am a candidate for a one-year seat on the Rockingham Select Board. Voters know me from my previous service on the board. I have no agenda to bring to the table. My goal is to help provide leadership to move the community forward.
Some of the goals I would like to see are the selection of a new municipal manager. The candidate should have financial and personnel management skills. He should also have the ability to get assigned work done and be able to provide accurate information to the Select Board and the Village of Bellows Falls Trustees so that the boards can make efficient decisions, as he would serve both boards.
Under state statutes found on the Secretary of State website, the municipal manager runs the town and village under the policies set forth by the Select Board and Village Trustees. I believe both boards need to understand this as they are schooled each year by their attorney as to the boards’ and manager’s responsibilities. I would like to see more transparency on the board in doing the town’s business.
Budget discussions should take place in open sessions at a regularly scheduled select board meeting. Work sessions could be held in open session, open to the public. These sessions currently are not televised, and are sparsely, if at all, attended by the public. The town needs to improve its infrastructure of highways, sidewalks, and bridges in order to attract businesses and residents to the area. We need to make the town more attractive economically as well as aesthetically. Tax rates are always a priority, but we also need to provide the necessary services.
I currently serve on the town Revolving Loan Fund, the Bellows Falls Area Development Committee, am involved with the committee to erect a new fire station in Saxtons River, and am an auditor for the Village of Saxtons River. My past service has been as a Saxtons River Village Trustee for 10 years, five years on the Rockingham School Board, and eight years as a selectman for the Town of Rockingham.
Bellows Falls, Vt.