Planning Board, incumbents Carol Spack and Tom Mahoney retained their seats yesterday, defeating challenger Stephen Meltzer in a three-way race for two seats. Both Spack and Mahoney responded favorably to the importance of pedestrian issues when asked about them at a candidates night event last month, which was good news.
While I was pleased with the outcome of yesterday's Planning Board election, it's still unclear to me how important the board as a whole views creating walker-appealing streetscapes -- not merely installing sidewalks -- compared to the many other demands of development projects. (I'm still disapointed that the board didn't try to get the new Lowe's to be sited up at the sidewalk, which could have made an attractive walking environment between there and the main post office, instead of allowing yet another surburban-sprawl entry along Rte. 30.)
In other races ... Selectman Katie Murphy was ousted by challenger and political newcomer Jason Smith, who won 16 of 18 precincts. Smith has called for strict local code enforcement as well as controlling social service expansion and "fostering new business growth with incentives," according to his Web site.
Challenger Joel Winett won as town moderator, defeating incumbent Ed Noonan. And for School Committee, incumbent Pam Richardson and newcomer Andy Limeri emerged victorious.