Dover Selectboard contenders talk economic development

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DOVER >> An incumbent is facing off against a former Selectboard member in a race for a three-year seat.

On running for re-election, Joe Mahon said, "I feel that I've done a pretty good job for the town looking out for the best interest of taxpayers and voters."

"I'm just trying to do the same thing I've done for the last three years," he told the Reformer. "We collaborate as a Selectboard to work on different projects. I know a little more in the field of health care. I collaborated to make sure our health insurance plan is adequate for the town."

Also important was finding savings while navigating health care costs, he said.

Mahon touted the assistance he had given to the town's Economic Development Director Ken Black in setting up advertisements inside the state's Welcome Center in Guilford. A sign, which promotes the town, is changed with the seasons.

"Economic development is part of the heartbeat," Mahon said. "If we have more people coming here, more people utilizing our facilities, it's going to be a more vibrant town for folks to have places to eat, places to go, and things to do."

He encourages the idea of creating more events. A concert series in Dover Town Park has been considered successful by officials.

Candidate Eddie Barber is a long-time resident, regular attendee of board meetings and former board member. He said the board should think about approaching the West Dover-based ski resort Mount Snow and urge them to put in a recreational slide. That would increase the amount of visitors coming to town during the summer.

"You know what it would do to this valley? It would make us alive," Barber said. "The kids could go up and do the slide. The parents could go out golfing. They're going to buy gas and food."

Barber belongs to a group of senior men who meet at North Star Bowl in Wilmington. He said they have people come in to speak. Wilmington Police Chief Joe Szarejko was just one example.

"We've been getting different ideas. The serious things people don't think about," he said. "There's plenty of things they can do with this town."

Even though he's almost 86 years old, Barber said he's still able to work. Without a town manager, he sees the Dover board having a bigger responsibility.

"I just feel that the Selectboard is supposed to help the people," he said.

Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk is running unopposed for a two-year seat.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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