Durant lays out goals
Fairhaven is undergoing a transformation. Soon, we will have a new Town Administrator, a five member Select Board, and a proposed Charter to review at a future Town Meeting. While the past few years have been challenging, positive service-oriented leadership will continue Fairhaven’s forward march.
I am proud to have served as a member of the Town Administrator Search Committee, where our group of nine immediately recognized Angie Ellison as the candidate with the skills necessary to further improve the culture at Town Hall and tackle the tough challenges that are ahead.
If given the opportunity to serve this April, I will help set the policies to assist Ms. Ellison in her task of municipal governance.
My goals include: an increase in our public safety funding, a permanent home for a modern recycling center, the successful completion of our Town Sewer upgrade, and the reorganization of Town departments to increase efficiency and decrease costs.
Fairhaven has operated too long with an understaffed Fire Department, and our police officers have worked too hard without the assistance of a social worker. I intend to secure funding to help our First Responders in a time when their need is unprecedented.
Now is also the time to find a suitable location for a new public safety complex. As the footprint of our sewer plant will increase with our federally mandated upgrade, the Recycling Center will need to find a new home. The Town must prioritize entering into serious discussions with the DEP to find a suitable location for a modern recycling center, before we have no location and need to rely on ABC Disposal at the tax payers’ expense.
Finally, to best serve our residents, the Parks, Recreation, and Tree Departments must be merged and properly funded. This will ensure maximized use of green space, provide additional grant opportunities for beaches, as well as a healthy tree canopy in parks and public streets alike.
With my candidacy for the Select Board, I promise to bring a collaborative and communicative approach to Town Hall, as we see these important projects to completion.
Cameron Durant, Fairhaven, Candidate for Select Board
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