Rindge Select Board

Municipal, school budgets a priority

ROBERT ‘BOB’ HAMILTON

Occupation: Retired, Special Services technician after 35 years of service from Verizon

Time living in town: 29 years

Previously elected offices: none

Other qualifications: President of the Rindge Crime Watch in 2013 and 2014; board and the treasurer’s positions in an electrical workers organization in the Worcester, Mass., area for more than 20 years. Held a multitude of positions during my working career at Verizon, which have given me experience in organization, management, teaching, budgetary oversight, people skills, inter-departmental communication and problem resolution; degree in Applied Science for telecommunications.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

Maintaining town services in an economical manner is a major concern of residents/taxpayers. By working with the heads of town departments and the Budget Advisory Committee I believe that the town portion of the total tax rate can be kept relatively flat. I also will encourage the Rindge and Jaffrey boards of selectmen and residents to become much more involved with the budgetary issues of the school system. The school portion of the tax rate is approximately 70 percent and continues to grow. More oversight and participation with the school board should encourage more effective and frugal spending.

Providing a listening and “hearing” ear to our residents is extremely important. From what I have been hearing, townspeople want to maintain the current character of the town and with as little “outside influence” as possible. We have a wide range of talented, experienced, caring and giving people in our town. Let’s avail ourselves of their services whenever possible and keep things local. A few proposed warrant articles seek to change the zoning regulations in our town so that we might keep things looking the same. Changing things to keep them the same just doesn’t make any sense. I do not support these warrant articles. I do support listening to and “hearing” the voices of our residents.

SAMUEL R. SEPPALA*

Occupation: Seppala and Aho Construction: President, 1988-1991; Nashua Division manager, 1986-1988; Florida Division manager, 1980-1986; Project manager, 1978-1980; Construction estimator, 1972-1978. Founded Seppala Construction Co. Inc. in 1991 and have grown business to more than $25 million in annual sales, with more than 30 employees.

Time living in town: 1972-1978, and 1986-present

Previously elected offices: Board of Selectman, 2011-2013; Board of Selectman chairman, 2013; Budget Advisory Committee, 2011, 2012; Meetinghouse Oversight Committee, 2013; Town-Gown Committee, 2013.

Other qualifications: Have maintained a leadership role in several churches since 1980 including: Apostolic Lutheran Church, Lake Worth, Fla.; Apostolic Lutheran Church, and Hope Fellowship Church, New Ipswich. Served as Sunday school teacher, board of directors member and chairman, and church elder. Political achievements: Contributed to preparing and overseeing budgets that were passed in 2011, 2012, 2013 with minimal budget increases. This was accomplished after a number of annual budgets that were defeated which resulted in default budgets.

What are two issues you feel are important and how do you plan to address them?

We have proposed an annual budget for 2014 which is $500 less than the budget for 2013 in spite of numerous increases in costs related to: healthcare costs, state retirement costs, and costs related to state and federal mandates.

We also have stopped the practice of raiding the highway paving budget to subsidize other costs which had set back our highway paving and maintenance schedule. We also were successful in lobbying the state to accelerate their schedule for repaving Cathedral Road a definite enhancement to the quality of life in Rindge.

In general, we have proposed responsible budgets and have managed costs to successfully maintain the assets of the town of Rindge. I look at the position of selectman as a position of public service and stewardship and I feel that we have fulfilled our roles in a responsible manner.

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