Deerfield candidate outlines goals; residents go to polls on Tuesday
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DEERFIELD — Mark Gilmore, a 15-year veteran selectman, is running for another three-year term. Unless there are write-in candidates, Gilmore will be unchallenged in the Tuesday election.
If re-elected, Gilmore, the current chairman of the Select Board, said he will make the $5.9 million garage construction project and an upgraded paramedic ambulance service priorities for the town.
Last year, voters approved the bond for the new 15,500 square foot highway department facility to be built on the Oxford property on Sugarloaf Street.
The garage was the last municipal building on a long list of buildings scheduled to be renovated or replaced. The current highway garage, built in 1948, has inadequate space and heating. Construction on the new facility will begin later this year.
This year, Gilmore has pushed for a 24/7 paramedic ambulance service for the town.
Deerfield, Whately and Sunderland are working to come up with a regional service. Details of the plans will be released May 13.
Gilmore’s father helped to bring the first ambulance to town with Deerfield Rescue and the Deerfield Lions Club.
“It’s been a long process and this is the final stage,” Gilmore said. “Deerfield deserves a paramedic ambulance service.” Another challenge this year will be working with the tight budget, Gilmore said.
“Money will be short this year. It will be a challenging year to make ends meet,” Gilmore said. “It’ll take working together. It takes the cooperation of the school and other town departments to see if anything can be changed, not cut or eliminated, but changed to help stabilize the expenditure rate in the town.”
At first, Gilmore did not intend to run again. But he said he wanted to see the completion of the highway garage and the ambulance service upgrade. “No one on the Select Board does anything by themselves,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore originally ran for office with a goal to increase telecommunication in the town and schools and to support recreation programs. In his early years, he helped create Frontier Community Access Television.
“I think I’ve added a stabilizing function to the Board of Selectmen,” Gilmore said. “I think before I act. I look at all the facts before making a decision.” The other 10 posts up for grabs in Tuesday’s election are also uncontested.
• Jamison Isler is running for re-election for one of two three-year-term positions on the Deerfield School Committee.
• Alan Lipp is seeking election to a three-year term to the Frontier Regional School Committee. Andrew F. Rohrs is seeking re-election to a one-year term as Elector Under the Oliver Smith will.
• John R. Baronas Jr. and John F. Waite are running for re-election for three year posts on the Planning Board.
•Elsie M. Kolakoski is seeking another three-year term as Tilton Library trustee. Satu T. Zoller is seeking a two-year term as library trustee.
•Roger J. Sadoski Jr. is running for re-election for a three-year term as constable. Sharyn A. Paciorek is running for a three-year term as constable.
The election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Deerfield municipal offices at 8 Conway St.