Two candidates up for one ZBA seat

PETERBOROUGH - In one of just two contested races on Tuesday’s ballot, two residents with experience in zoning issues are seeking a seat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Sharon Monahan, the current vice chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, is running for re-election to the board. She’s being challenged by Bob Lambert, who’s been serving as an alternate on the ZBA for the past year.

Monahan has been a ZBA member for four years — one year as an alternate and three as an elected full member. A resident of Peterborough for 17 years. she is a wetlands scientist and a septic system designer and has bachelor’s degrees in forest management and geology. She also has a paralegal certificate, with a specialty in land-use law.

In an email to supporters that she supplied to the Ledger-Transcript, Monahan wrote, “I have worked in the survey, engineering and environmental professions for 35 years and believe in long-term land planning, municipal government and local concern for its citizens, and wise management of natural resources that will sustain our community for now and future generations.

Lambert, who has lived in Peterborough for more than 40 years, was raised in Rindge and Jaffrey. He was Peterborough’s town clerk for 15 years and is currently working part time as deputy town clerk. He’s also a member of the town’s Budget Committee and has been a cemetery trustee for more than 28 years.

He worked for Brookstone, New Hampshire Ball Bearings and Honeywell earlier in his life.

“As an alternate, I figured I’m doing the work anyway,” Lambert said about his decision to run for the ZBA post. “It’s real interesting work. You never know what will be coming up. Some decisions are hard to make, and you try to go by the facts.”

The only other contested race is for a one year library trustee seat. Geoffrey Taylor and Ronald Bowman are the candidates.

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