Mason Select Board Appoints New Member at Special Meeting

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/27/2021 11:11:53 AM

The Mason Select Board met for a special session on Wednesday night and appointed Kate Batcheller to fill the empty seat on the Board left by Louise Lavoie’s resignation.

Lavoie resigned the previous week, citing personal reasons. The remaining members, Charles Moser and Pete McGinnity, approached Batcheller shortly thereafter, Moser said in Wednesday’s meeting.

“She was very thoughtful about it,” Moser said, and expressed his appreciation for her willingness to join the Board so quickly. 

“It would be hard to find someone we would agree on as readily,” Moser added.

“My opinion of Kate is very strong,” McGinnity said when he announced her as the nominee. “She is articulate, she is very smart, she has no set agenda. She just wants to do what’s best for the town.”

McGinnity added that Batcheller, who has served as a recorder on the Planning Board, also brought human resources experience to the Board, something that he said that he and Moser lacked and would be helpful in managing town employees.

Moser and McGinnity also expressed their gratitude for Lavoie’s many years of service to the town, and thanked her for all of the work that she did on the Select Board.

“It’s a full time job, and she did it willingly and did a great job at it,” McGinnity said.

The meeting was briefly interrupted by vocal disapproval from some townspeople who disagreed with the process of the Select Board choosing who should fill Lavoie’s seat. Moser pointed out that the two Selectmen were fulfilling their legal duty as dictated by state law, and that Batcheller would be filling the seat for only eight months until the town elections in March.

“This is not an undemocratic process,” Moser said.

Batcheller, after accepting the nomination and being sworn in, said that she was excited to help the town.

“I’m just honored,” she said. “I love this town and the people in it – there’s something special about it.”


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