We had a new commenting record last week, with a feisty debate on the status of the Nelson Library bringing in 33 comments. There was a bit of name-calling and some North versus South chest-pounding, but no one really seemed to come up with the obvious.
There’s an election in May.
And on the ballot are three, three-year library trustee positions, currently held by Michelle Baliunas Hanchett, Diane A. Libbey and Judith Meichelbeck. There’s also a two-year position up for grabs, which will fill the vacancy left by Leonard J. Ryder, who resigned back in November.
What’s that, you say? The power in town ultimately lies with the Board of Selectmen? It just so happens Brook Padgett is up for re-election, and his seat is fair game for anyone who can come up with 50 signatures by March 16.
Are you sensing a theme here? You bet. And it’s not “let’s dump all the elected officials in town.”
It’s this: get involved.
School Committee, two spots, three years each, are now held by Robert A. Mulvey and Nancy C. Varallo. Planning Board, two three year terms, now held by Robert Hassinger and Richard C. McCarthy, Jr. Grafton Housing Authority, one five year term, now held by Richard A. Allen.
Drop by the Town Clerk’s office to pick up papers and plan on spending some time getting to know your neighbors. I’ll be checking in with them once a week from now until the March 30 deadline to see who’s brave enough to step up to the plate.
If you’re running, or know anyone who is pulling papers, drop me a line at greatergrafton (at) gmail.com. I plan to profile everyone who is on the ballot.