Letter: Elect Boyd May 8 as a Williamstown planner

To the editor:

I urge fellow Williamstown residents to vote for Stephanie Boyd for the Planning Board on May 8. I've known Stephanie for more than 15 years and admire her smiling and analytical approach to planning and environmental issues, her compelling ability to communicate and her inclination to listen carefully and to think about all sides of issues.

Stephanie has a civil engineering background and has worked in several important roles for Williams College. She has a deep commitment to helping make Williamstown a better place to work and live. Stephanie was a small business owner on Spring Street, served as past president of the Hoosic River Watershed Association, as well as a board member for Childcare of the Berkshires. She is on the Williamstown Conservation Commission.

As recent discussions about long-term zoning and housing issues demonstrate, the Planning Board has important and far-reaching work to do. Stephanie brings a brilliant mind, a thorough approach and an inclination to promote "reasonable" and innovative solutions to planning issues. She understands the need to encourage the road and pedestrian infrastructure to connect retail development on Water and Spring Streets, as well as the importance of developing zoning standards that will support economic development and housing growth appropriate for the Williamstown community and Berkshire landscape.

Please vote for Stephanie Boyd on May 8.

David P. Dethier,



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