Simmes, Conover face-off for Bolton supervisor

BOLTON LANDING The job of Bolton supervisor is about to change hands, but to whose hands remains to be seen. Incumbent Alexander Gabriels III was defeated in the Republican primary in September and is no longer on the ballot. Town Clerk Kathleen Simmes and Bolton resident Ronald Conover have been campaigning for the job. Simmes said the town needs to look at upgrading its water and sewer infrastructure and investigate off street parking. She said that other infrastructure that needs to be addressed is a new building for the parks department to ensure the health and safety of town employees. Continued protection of our lake is vital, Simmes said. We also need to continue to update our zoning ordinance to coincide with our Master Plan. She said she will improve communication between local government and the community. I am pleased to have the support of two past supervisors for the town of Bolton, Frank Dagles and Deanne Rehm, she said. Conover said his campaign has been focusing on specific issues and ways to turn them into opportunities. Ive spent a lot of time on the sewer and water districts financial and physical problems, he said. Ive proposed a top to bottom review and we need to focus on beginning to eliminate storm water. He said the problem is an expensive one, and about one-third of storm water flows into the sewage treatment plant. The financial base of the sewer and water system is close to insolvent, he said. We absolutely have to begin to put those systems on a solid footing. The business district is dependent on these systems as well as the environment and economic development. Conover said that parking is an issue and proper striping in lots and streets could maximize what the town already has. Short term boat parking needs to increase as well. The town needs to be doing six-year capital planning, he said. When they adopt a budget, they should also lay out capital improvements. Conover said he is the only candidate who has successfully secured grants and the town needs to a better job of getting its fair share of federal and state funds. He is also an outspoken proponent of preserving the Padanarum tract, one of the last pristine wilderness areas left in Bolton. Im proud of the campaign weve had, its generated a lot of discussion in the community, he said.

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