To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Monday, May 12, is Election Day in Lee and to this point there has been a great deal of speculation as to whether candidate Richard Neales would be allowed to vote on issues involving the D.P.W. Mr. Neales is currently a member OF the D.P.W as well as a member of its local union. Given these facts, he absolutely cannot vote on any labor contract involving the D.P.W.
If Neales were to vote on other items involving the D.P.W, he would need a state exemption and then have both current Selectmen agree to the exemption for him to vote. If both Selectmen do not agree to this exemption, or if there is a tie vote, then Mr. Neales would not be allowed to vote.
Opportunity has come to Lee in the form of the Eagle Redevelopment, which will revitalize a section of our community. Going forward, all boards will be part of the process in order to bring this to fruition. We need people who understand what this takes.
Tom Wickham has spent five years on the planning board, BRPE and the Regional Redevelopment Committee. Tom will fill the void created by Gordon Bailer’s retirement nicely. Mr. Wickham’s background with the planning board and his knowledge on zoning regulations and bylaws will make this project, as well as others, easier to achieve.
I hope you will join me in voting for Tom Wickham on May 12.
The writer is a Lee Selectman.