Williamstown Planning Board candidates to discuss views at forum


WILLIAMSTOWN — With six people vying for three seats on the Planning Board, voters will have a chance this week to hear the candidates' views on a host of issues.

Of particular interest is a proposed zoning change that would allow the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links to build a hotel on the South Williamstown site. The project has been under consideration before the Planning Board, and the developer has filed a petition for the zoning change to be considered at Town Meeting instead.

The candidates will meet Wednesday at a Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Forum organized by The Greylock Independent and will broadcast later on WilliNet.

The five-year term of board member Elizabeth McGowan expires in May, and McGowan has chosen not to run again.

Three people have filed to run for that seat, including Sarah Gardner, who was appointed to fill the seat of Carol Stein Payne, who resigned last fall. Also running for that seat are Lindsay Errichetto and Susan Puddester.

Three others have filed as candidates to fill the remaining two years of Payne's term on the Planning Board: Anne Hogeland, Chris Kapiloff and Bruce MacDonald.

Five of the six are slated to attend the forum. Sarah Gardner has a scheduling conflict, but will submit a video statement to be shown at the forum.

The forum will start at 7 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School.

"We are hoping to telecast the discussion live on either Channel 16 or 17 on WilliNet, but for technical reasons, that may not be possible," said Greylock Independent member Bill Densmore, who will serve as moderator. "So if Williamstown voters want to ask questions, they should try to be there."

Densmore said residents could also email questions to wpdensmore@gmail.com

For the forum, each candidate was asked to submit a 300-500 word candidate statement plus a short biographical statement. At the forum, candidates will each make a 90-second statement on why they are running.

Each candidate will be invited to direct one question to all or one fellow candidate. Densmore will ask one or two questions, and will forward questions from email or Williamstown residents in the audience.


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