After completion of the agenda at the Oct. 23 China selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Ronald Breton rebutted comments made by board candidates Todd Tolhurst and Wayne Chadwick at the Oct. 20 candidates’ forum (see The Town Line, Oct. 24, 2019). Speaking for himself only, Breton said:
- Executive-session discussions are allowed and justified to protect people’s privacy, and any resulting votes are taken in public.
- He is “insulted” by the incorrect statement that the selectmen rubber-stamp the town manager’s actions.
- Selectmen asked voters to buy beachfront property because acquiring public lake access is a goal in China’s comprehensive plan.
- Selectmen have not mistreated the volunteer fire departments; the town manager explained why voter-approved stipends have not yet been paid.
- Before buying the new excavator, selectmen got estimates of future savings – $94,000 in the first 10 years.
- The new portable building will let local police do their paperwork in privacy. It will not need a water supply, because the older portable nearby will have a bathroom.
- Allegations of political posturing and backroom maneuvers are unsubstantiated.
Given China’s lack of debt and adequate surplus funds, “We must be doing something right,” Breton concluded.
Chadwick rebutted briefly, saying he had a right to express his opinions in reply to audience questions at the forum, and Breton should not take them personally. Chadwick, Tolhurst and incumbent Belanger are candidates for two openings on the selectboard.
Breton promised to work with whoever is elected.
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