No races, but three ballot questions in Lanesborough election

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LANESBOROUGH — Three ballot questions dominate a contest-free annual town election on Tuesday.

Voters must decide if the Select Board should appoint members of the cemetery commissioner — typically elected positions — in part because it has been difficult to get residents to run for the seven seats.

The other binding question is a housekeeping matter, according to Town Manager Paul Sieloff. For years, the town has used taxpayer money to plow, salt and sand in the winter private roads used by the public. However, voters never agreed to accept Chapter 40 of Massachusetts General Law to allow the appropriation. A "yes" vote on Tuesday would formalize the spending.

If approved, the nonbinding Question 3 directs the Select Board to negotiate a change in the health insurance premium contribution rate for eligible town retired employees. The current ratio is 85 percent paid by the town, 15 percent by the retirees. The proposed split is 70-30. Town officials see this proposal more in line with other retiree health plans in the public and private sector.

Meanwhile the six incumbents listed on the ballot are all running unopposed, including Selectman Henry Sayers and Regina DiLego of the Lanesborough School Committee. The only open seat is for a three-year term on the Finance Committee; incumbent Chris Galib isn't seeking re-election.

Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the community room on the lower level of Town Hall.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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