Letter: Lattuga thankful for opportunity to serve

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To the Editor: After sixteen years, I have decided to step down from my seat on the Select Board. I have been honored to serve with an exceptional group of people who have diligently and sincerely worked on your behalf. I thank them and I thank the community who has supported me.One regularly discussed issue for the Board has been the need to replace ourselves and for the next generation to step up. I am so pleased that Jan Nolan has volunteered to run for my seat. She is an exceptional candidate. We have many elected and appointed committees that need community representatives and I would encourage young voters to raise their hands and get started in municipal community service.I am very proud of my work on the Board over these years as we have successfully controlled municipal costs while dramatically improving our infrastructure especially the Center Bridge Roundabout. Visitors and residents have shared their appreciation for this practical and beautiful improvement to our town.Much of our work is not so visible, but is necessary to maintain our infrastructure in a cost effective way. The Town paved a significant number of roadways this year, including much of Richville Road, Center Hill Road (through a state grant), the paved portion of Wideawake Road, Deer Meadow, and the parking lot and entrance road to Town Hall.Between our success in receiving grants and the resourcefulness of our town staff we have been able to maximize the impact of our tax dollars. Looking ahead, the Board will be continuing this public process on the Depot Street project hopefully enhancing its pedestrian and bicycle safety.At the Rec Area, most recently, we have successfully partnered with Burr and Burton Academy and Manchester Youth Baseball to install a new softball field. BBA also participated along with Town Meeting in enabling the construction of the John Eckhardt and Joe McClellan fields. These types of partnerships have made these improvements affordable.As part of our public safety responsibility, we've added a new police officer and also negotiated with surrounding towns to form an intergovernmental Manchester Rescue Squad agreement and funding stream based on town demographics that will help ensure the Manchester Rescue Squad's continued success if adopted at Town Meeting.This year, the Board also drafted and approved seventeen new Town ordinances, which replaced older, outdated ordinances. New ordinances ranged in topics from roadways, to dogs and animal control, to public safety, to parks and recreation, to the Factory Point Cemetery.So as I bid adieu, I thank you for the opportunity to serve. I hope that I have in some way made our town a better place, and I hope to see you at Town Meeting.Carol LattugaManchester


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