Newcomers elected to planning, select boards in Granby


Staff Writer
Published: 5/18/2021 1:57:03 PM

GRANBY — A lifelong Granby resident who is a Massachusetts trial court security officer will be joining the Select Board, according to unofficial results from Town Clerk Katherine E. Kelly-Regan.

At Monday’s town election, Richard K. Beaulieu of Aldrich Street earned a three-year seat on the board by defeating former board member Stephen A. Chojnacki of Taylor Street, 374-205.

Beaulieu, a member of the Personnel Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, wrote in a campaign statement on Facebook that his interest in serving includes filling anticipated job openings, including the police and fire chief positions, and reviewing the West Street School to determine whether it should be torn down or instead rehabilitated for Town Hall or Senior Center space.

In another contested race, Nita B. Abbott of State Street won a five-year seat on the Planning Board over Dakota B. Richards of Parish Hill Road, 316-265.

Richards, though, won a three-year seat as assessor in the closest contest, 294-286, over James P. Healy of West State Street.

Incumbents reelected included Lynn S. Mercier of South Street for a three-year term as moderator, Steven R. Nally of Pleasant Street for a three-year term as treasurer, Jennifer A. Bartosz of Porter Street for a three-year position on School Committee, and Gordon A. Landry of Batchelor Steret for a three-year term as commissioner of burial grounds, and Janice M. Cook of Kendall Street and Theresa A. Laprade of Leo Drive for three-year terms as library trustees.

Newcomers elected included Nicole A. Menard of Batchelor Street for a three-year term as town collector, Donald J. Lindsay of Phins Hill Manor for a five-year position on the Granby Housing Authority, Jill E. Pelletier of Center Street for a three-year term on School Committee and Denise Y. Conti of Harris Street for a three-year term as library trustee.

For the remaining year of an unexpired term as library trustee, Candance Ribeiro of Chicopee Street was elected with 24 write-in votes.

The 604 voters represented a turnout of 13% of Granby’s 4,762 registered voters.

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