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Temple to vote on elected or appointed road agent



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A vote at Town Meeting could change the Road Agent from an elected position to one appointed by the Select Board.

Though Temple’s Road Agent is a three-year elected position, for the past 30 years or more, current Road Agent Tim Fisk has held the position, said Selectwoman Gail Cromwell. Fisk’s next term is up in 2019, and at that point, he will likely retire, Cromwell said, and the Select Board would like to have the power to appoint his successor, rather than leaving it to a town vote.

“The key thing is that when you elect someone, they must be a town resident, and you have a limited pool to pull from,” said Cromwell.

Also, she said, electing for the position has fallen out of favor in most surrounding municipalities. 

Cromwell said that in discussion with Fisk, he has supported the proposed measure.

The warrant article specifies that Fisk would finish his current term as road agent before the board begins to appoint the position, if the town approves it.

Another item on the warrant seeks to establish a new town committee – one to study “holiday lighting” for the town center. The committee is specified to be run by volunteers. 

Keeping Temple green

Laura Lynch, Chair of the Temple Energy Committee, brought forward a petition article to add to this year’s warrant – asking if the town will commit to using 100 percent renewable energy for it’s municipal needs no later than 2030.

The article states, “Temple set a great example during our fight against Kinder Morgan and we feel that we can lead the way again to move forward to a clean and renewable energy future for our children and grandchildren.”

In an interview Monday, Lynch said she didn’t intend the article to be legally binding, and that it was to serve as a guidepost for the town as to the wishes of its people. It serves as a spiritual successor to another article the town passed in 2007, which created the Energy Committee and instructed the town to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

“It’s about bringing our town to renewable energy,” said Lynch. “People should vote for this article because we need to keep New Hampshire clean and away from fossil fuels.”

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.