No contests on Charlemont election ballot

  • Charlemont town sign. PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 17, 2018

CHARLEMONT — Eight town officials are seeking re-election in Tuesday’s annual town election. And while there are no election contests, the ballot also contains five debt-exclusion questions.

Charlemont’s polls will be open at the Hawlemont Regional School from noon to 7 p.m.

After the polls close, a special town meeting will be held at Hawlemont at 7 p.m., followed by the Annual Town Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

In the election, Chairwoman Sarah Reynolds is seeking re-election for another three-year term on the Selectboard.

Others running for three-year terms include: Anthony Ostroski, Board of Assessors; Marguerite Rancourt, Charlemont School Committee; Douglas Telling, Board of Health; Jared Bellows, constable; and Esther Haskell for library trustee. Carlene Hayden is seeking re-election for a five-year term on the Planning Board. William Harker is seeking a five-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Long-time Town Moderator Charlotte Dewey is seeking another one-year term.

There are four vacant positions without candidates on the ballot, in which write-in candidates might be elected. Beth Flaherty has told Town Clerk Kathy Reynolds that she will accept a one-year term on the Charlemont School Committee as a write-in candidate. Other vacancies on the ballot are a three-year term on the Mohawk School Committee, a four-year open seat on the Planning Board and a three-year term on the Local Education Council.

Debt-exclusion questions allow the town to temporarily raise taxes above the 2½ percent levy limit to enable the town to borrow money for major purchases. That temporary tax hike goes away after the debt for the item purchased has been repaid. The state requires majority support on the election ballot and a two-thirds majority support at the annual town meeting.

The items to be considered for a debt-exclusion vote include:

a new Highway Department loader to replace the 2007 loader ($150,000)

a Highway Department dump truck to replace the 2003 model ($85,000)

a new truck with snow equipment, to replace a 1995 Ford 8000 ($185,000)

an SUV police cruiser to replace the 2004 Ford Expedition ($39,500)

a portable generator and a propane tank for the Emergency Management Department ($17,000).