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Town of Lumberland Town Board candidates talk

October 31, 2012

Two candidates—David Leamon and Martha Tully—will vie for one seat on the Lumberland Town Board. The River Reporter posed the same questions to the candidates. Learn their positions in the interviews presented here.

Martha Tully

What are the three most pressing issues in the town?

1. Keeping taxes low. With the looming possible double-digit county tax increase, it is more important than ever to keep taxes low now and in the future.

2. Economic development to increase our tax base. We need to address the issue of not just being a tourist economy but a year-round economy.

3. The town needs to protect the health of its residents and environment from gas drilling and the water contamination, air pollution and economic impacts that would result. There is no evidence to support that fracking is safe.

What will you do to address those three issues?

1. I would like to see the town’s utility expenses be reduced and be more eco-friendly, particularly by converting to solar energy. Municipalities have received state and federal grant money to obtain bulletproof vests, radios and communication towers and funding for emergency shelters. The town budget needs to be managed by eliminating wasteful spending and investing in projects that will benefit the community—like creative purchasing and limited consolidation. Every department needs to be reviewed and budgets scrutinized. I have seen the fiscal responsibility but I have seen the wasted spending.

2. We need to induce businesses to come to Lumberland in order to serve the needs of our residents. I am not looking to see a Walmart superstore come here, but rather mom-and- pop businesses. Grant money is available to attract businesses through the Industrial Development Agency. I would like to see affordable housing for our seniors. I plan on having an open line of communication with residents to obtain input as to how they would like to see Lumberland grow and what businesses would benefit them. I would also like to see a community farmers’ market, which would help draw people in to patronize existing businesses.

3. We need to continue to support the ban on drilling and support our surrounding communities who have similarly passed bans on drilling.

What is your position on hydraulic fracturing within the town?