Golden, Potter, Stewart elected to Ashland Board


Voters approve police cruisers, sidewalk plow and budgets


March 09, 2011
ASHLAND— The voters of Ashland went to the polls on Tuesday to reconstitute the Board of Selectmen by choosing candidates for staggered terms for the inaugural year of a new three-member Board.

Voters at last year's Town Meeting approved a measure reducing the size of the Select Board from five members to three members. That decision was reaffirmed this year, with a petitioned warrant article to increase the board back to five members being defeated by a vote of 226 against and 180 in favor.

The current board of five members was dissolved and elections were held to fill all three new positions.

Daniel Golden won the seat for the three-year term on the Board of Selectmen by beating out Stephen Lake by a vote of 262 to 124. The two-year term on the Select Board will be filled by Dennis Potter, who defeated Sandra Coleman by a vote of 206 to 182. Jeannette Stewart won the one-year term on the new board with 184 votes, over Ingrid Heidenreich with 122 votes, and Dean Straw with 107 votes.

Patricia Tucker was re-elected to her position as Town Clerk, defeating challenger Sherrie Downing by a vote of 305 to 119.

The voters also approved Article 10 on the Warrant, establishing a combined Town Clerk/Tax Collector position for the town of Ashland, officially uniting the two jobs that Tucker has filled for the town as a full-time employee for many years.

This year, Ashland voters passed the $6,672,645 recommended operating budget for the town and the School District's recommended $12,468,859 budget, as well.

Voters also chose to approve the four-year, $58,000 lease purchase of two police vehicles. The vote on the cruisers was 296 in favor, 113 opposed.

By a vote of 259 to 149, the voters also approved the purchase of a new sidewalk plow for the town at a total cost of $129,000, with $70,000 to come from capital reserve, and authorized a three-year lease purchase of a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for the EMS/ rescue service at a total cost of $27,873. The vote on the cardiac monitor was 318 in favor, 88 against.

Voters also approved spending $10,000 this upcoming year to continue the town's ongoing Master Plan project. They voted to repair the Town Clock at the Ashland Baptist Church, and to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500 for that purpose.

Finally, they also voted to raise and appropriate the sum of $25,000 as the town's contribution to repair the Squam Covered Bridge and walkway. Additional funds for the project have been privately raised.

In the race for staggered terms on the Ashland Water and Sewer Commission, Robert Boyle defeated Carleton Abear for a three-year term by a vote of 234 to 154. The two-year term will be filled by Alan Cilley, who edged out Bobbi Hoerter by a vote of 192 to 184. Leigh Sharps ran unopposed for the remaining one-year term on the Commission.

Other officials running unopposed included Linda Guyotte for Town Treasurer, Richard Pare as Trustee of the Trust Funds, Steve Felton for a two-year term on the Budget Committee, and Dan Vaughn for a three year term on the Electric Commission.

For the School District, Helen Knowlton and Miriam Brown were elected to two-year terms on the School Board. Sharps rain unopposed for a one-year term. Patsy Tucker ran unopposed for School Clerk, and Brian Chalmers was unopposed for School Treasurer.

For a complete roundup of election results from Ashland and around the region, check next week's edition of the Record Enterprise.

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