Incumbent Egremont Selectman facing challenger
EGREMONT -- Incumbent Selectman Charlie Flynn is facing a challenge from Kevin Zurrin on May 13 in his bid for another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen.
Flynn is employed as the technology administrator at Lee Elementary School and represents Egremont on the Southern Berkshire Regional School District School Committee.
Zurrin runs a private business that preserves roof shingles and is known as an outspoken commentator on town government in his blog, "Eyes on Egremont."
The race is for the only open seat on the board.
Zurrin said he would better represent the everyday interests of people in town, and he was critical of Flynn for making "rash decisions," which he said includes the firing of former Police Chief Reena Bucknell.
"I am running to make our town more accountable and more transparent for all the people and not just the people in the inner circle of government," Zurrin said.
Zurrin said the town can rely on him to only support taxes the town needs. He said he opposes articles that will be voted on May's Annual Town Meeting to support a Community Preservation Act tax and for the town to fund $110,000 of debt from the Egremont Water Co., noting that the company was purchased on the promise that it would not need town funds.
In April 2013, Zurrin, a former Finance Committee member, was removed from his position after making public allegations about problems with the town's books.
Flynn said he's running to continue to build on the positive morale and relationships that have emerged in recent years. He said the town has a strong credit rating.
And he said problems at Egremont Police Department are being resolved and he wants to continue to oversee improvements at the Egremont Water Co., which should be the responsibility of water commissioners.
Flynn has been a vocal critic of the police chief, whom the board voted unanimously to fire last year, and has called on a water company employee to resign for his role in costly billing errors.
"I want to see the town moving forward," Flynn said.
Flynn said he supported the Community Preservation Act based on comments from Finance Committee members and supports the town accepting the Egremont Water Co. debt.
"I am honest and sincere," Flynn said. "I do my homework. I never come to a Selectmen's meeting unprepared. I am prepared for questions and always ready to listen."
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