As a resident and public servant, my experience working with our current Board of Selectmen has always been professional and enjoyable. I’ve found them to be accessible and responsive whenever there is work to be done.
From the perspective of a community resident with concerns around spending, taxes, real estate values, schools, or more neighborhood specific issues, my experience has been that our selectmen want to hear from residents, and collaborate on solutions.
From the perspective of a Utilities Commissioner working with them for over five years now, my experience has been equally gratifying. When I was serving as chairman early on, their support was memorable for the gratitude I felt from them for the work the commission did, and notable for the example they set as advocates for progress. Fast forward to the present, and I continue to have the same experience with Tom Tesluk as chairman. Our selectmen are engaged, responsive, and supportive. They’re easy to work with, and don’t get bogged down with personalities. They stay focused on the objective. This is not to say there haven’t been disagreements. There’s been some heated debates over the best way to solve our infrastructure problems. But we all want what’s best for the town, so we get past it and move forward.
I encourage those who have concerns, or ideas to improve our community, to get together with them. I think you’ll find them to be good partners who are candid and engaged. Perhaps that why a lot of folks enjoy working with them as well.