MONTEREY-- Kenneth Basler, the former owner of the Monterey General Store, has won a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen.

By a count of 107 to 49 vote, Basler defeated competitor Steven Weisz, a real estate broker, in Tuesday's town election. The Select Board race was the only contested seat on Monterey's ballot.

He will be filling the seat of departing Selectwoman Muriel Lazzarini.

Basler is a trustee at the Monterey Library, and he is now retired after formerly running the General Store.

Basler had said he was running to provide support and leadership on a raft of projects under discussion at Town Hall, including the future of the Monterey School, planning for renovations at the Monterey Library, and discussion about turning the town-owned Wilson McLaughlin House into a community center.

Basler, a supporter of keeping a school house in Monterey, has said the Select Board needs to provide leadership on the future of the Monterey School. He also said a timetable and pointed questions need to be asked about efforts to turn the McLaughlin House into a community center, including whether it is large enough.

An advocate for improving communication between the town and community, Basler said he'd support having an occasional evening Select Board meeting instead of the current Monday morning schedule.

The election drew 158 out of 601 registered voters, or 26 percent.



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