Webber elected to Select Board
ANTRIM — Gordon Webber, who held a Select Board seat not long ago , was reelected Tuesday to fill the seat currently held by Eric Tenney, who declined to run again. Webber defeated Shelley Nelkens by a margin of 626 to 199.
Webber will be sworn in after Thursday night’s Town Meeting at the Antrim Town Hall.
Webber’s last three-year term on the Select Board ended two years ago, and he didn’t run for reelection then primarily due to physical ailments, he said.
“Last May, I got both of my knees replaced,” Webber said in a phone interview Wednesday. “At the end of my last term, my knees were killing me. So I decided not to run again.”
But now he’s ready to step into a three-year term once again. As far as figuring out who will be Select Board Chair and which member will head certain committees, Webber said he and current members Mike Genest and John Robertson will iron out the specifics sometime after Town Meeting.
Webber said he would like to congratulate Nelkens on the race.
Webber said his first order of business as a selectman will be establishing working relationships with the other Select Board members.. The primary obstacle is getting everyone’s role down in the Select Board, he said.
Webber is known to be a supporter of the Antrim Wind Project. The proposal to build a wind farm on the ridge line of Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain was rejected by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee in early February, but Webber is hoping the project is not completely dead yet.
“I’m cautiously optimistic that Eolian [Renewable Energy based in Portsmouth] will appeal, and the SEC will overturn the decision,” Webber said.
There has been no word yet on whether or not the company will appeal.
Webber said he would like to thank everyone that voted, which was just under half of those registered in town. Of the 1,878 registered voters, 890 people turned out, which Webber said he was very impressed with. But he doesn’t think it was the race for Select Board that got people out to vote.
“I think the school issues were the dominant factor Tuesday,” Webber said, referring to Article 8 of the ConVal School District ballot, which asked voters to close Great Brook Middle School.