Letter to the editor: Incumbent Bristol selectmen deserve return to board

The residents of Bristol are indeed lucky to have such dedicated members on their Select Board. Ted Lylis and Peeker Heffernan have both dedicated many many years to making Bristol a better place. They have dedicated countless hours of volunteer time over and above their selectboard duties to many projects, committees and civic organizations over the years.
They are members of one of the best selectboards Bristol has known over the years. Knowing both of them for many years I have seen and witnessed the time they spend working to make Bristol the great place it is. Neither of them have any personal agenda other than being dedicated to Bristol. Both men have used their own equipment and monies to do things that the public never even hears about because neither of them has an agenda.
I have attended all but a few selectboard meetings over the past three years and know that Ted and Peeker are attempting to keep things going and do the best for the town. They don’t rush to judgment on important issues and do so without the public even having the decency to attend meetings. Some that come to the meetings do so for personal agendas or issues that they suddenly deem are catastrophic or “we didn’t know” about this or that. Had these individuals attended the meetings, they would realize that Ted and Peeker and the rest of the selectboard had gone over those issues many times before making decisions.
They all don’t always agree but always talk things out and reach decisions they feel are best for the community. We now have the beginnings of an industrial park that can only benefit all of us and this board, with these members, has accomplished that coming to fruition with the insight of Kevin Harpers visions for the future.
Give them both the chance to continue on projects they have been working on. Keep Ted working for Bristol. Although Peeker is running unopposed, they both deserve to receive the respect of the voters to be re-elected. They both know the infrastructure of Bristol as do the current members of the board. They know where things are, who to reach out to, how to save money on projects and not try to push agendas that are being offered that will only cost the tax payers money for proposals that only benefit a few.
Lets keep Bristol Bristol, and not succumb to big city ideas. I for one, thank Ted and Peeker, Joel Bouvier, Michelle Perlee and Pete Coffey for their dedication to Bristol.
Jim Quaglino

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