Letter: A proven leader on Lee Select Board

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To the editor:

During these troubled times, we all look for leadership and experience to get us through. I will continue to offer both.

In my 11 years of service to the people of Lee, I have tried to keep taxes down and the quality of life up. With more than 11 years of experience on the planning board, I have a good sense of how growth in our town is achieved. I am a strong supporter of small business and the rights of free enterprise.

I also chair the energy committee. Working with this team, we introduced a plan for home solar. It was very well-received and at a cost savings for all home-owners. We also studied large solar arrays which in turn produced a long-term contract for the town of Lee. Two-thirds of our municipal load is in the form of clean energy and has saved the town more than $100,000 on our electric bill over the last three years.

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As a Lee selectman over the last six years, I have worked diligently with the board to bring jobs and growth to our town. We have a new business venture underway at the old Eagle Mill site at the north end of Main Street that will include shops, restaurants, a hotel and apartments. We have issued five growing licenses for the expanding commercial marijuana market.

The private sector is is investing over $100 million in our town, which will create 300 to 400 new jobs in the coming years and increase tax revenue. New businesses recently established along the Route 102 corridor are doing well and have added over 100 jobs to the town. Each of our old paper mills have been purchased and are back on the tax rolls. In addition, the state has invested $4.8 million for our water project. We are a town on the rise, and we see more growth in our future.

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As a resident and taxpayer of Lee, I understand the concerns and complaints the GE agreement has generated. As a selectman, I will work with you to hold GE accountable for maintaining the safety and security of the landfill for decades to come. I look forward to continuing discussions during the comment period and remain committed to the people of Lee.

Volunteering is something I like to do. This led to refurbishing the five playgrounds in town and installing new equipment in four of the playgrounds. After three years and many volunteers the work is complete.

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Please support my candidacy on June 22.

Tom Wickham,

Lee

The writer is a Lee selectman.


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