SAVOY -- A one-year Selectman finishing another's term wants a full go, as Loop Road farmer Bernard Malloy returns to the ballot Wednesday seeking a three-year seat on the board.
As Loop Road farmer Bernard Malloy finishes out his last days fulfilling another person's one-year term, he has his eyes set on a longer stay on the board.
Malloy's name returns to the ballot Wednesday as he seeks a three-year seat on the board.
"I've learned quite a bit in the last year on [the board]," Malloy said in an interview with the Transcript, Monday. "... I think I can continue to do some good in these next three years if the townspeople will have me."
The official said he'd continue efforts on a number of ongoing road improvement projects and further his knowledge of town government if elected.
Additionally, Malloy views resident participation as a cornerstone of the municipal process, and said he'll push to bolster this in any way he can.
"It makes it a lot better for us [Selectmen]," Malloy said. "We'd like to see a lot more people involved in the town business."
Malloy was voted onto the board along with Alan Carlow during a special election in August, 2012, after former Selectmen, David Desmarais, and Scott Koczela, resigned.
Malloy closed out the year that remained on Koczela's term.
"We've been beaten up a bit in this town and that's what made me get involved," Malloy said. "I didn't want to be a politician. I wanted to be someone who could do some good for the town. It's time enough we got healthy and back going again."
There's been progress since the current board comprised of Malloy, Carlow and Chair John Tynan set to work, he said.
They've put the town in contention for a fully reimbursed repair of the Tropical Storm Irene-damaged Black Brook Road and pursue a major state-funded Route 116 resurfacing project.
Because of the board's efforts, 75 percent of the estimated $3 million in repairs to Black Brook Road will be covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The rest of the bill, could be paid by Governor Deval Patrick's Transportation Bond Bill, if it's passed.
If not, Malloy said he's not about to let this project fall by the wayside as he and the other Selectmen have vowed to seek alternative sources of funding if necessary.
Malloy and the board are also working on a $4.75 million resurfacing of Route 116, which just needs its full design, expected soon.
Malloy's taken a lead role in dealing with the town's old Chapel Road landfill, working with the state Department of Environmental Protection to see it capped using town labor and materials.
Town Highway Superintendent Dan Labonte is in the process of bringing fill to the site, and it appears the town will avert an $80,000 bill as a result.
In terms of the budget, Malloy advocates efficiency within reason. "There's only so much you can cut," he said, but also said there exists budgeted expenses that can go.
The town's fiscal 2014 budget included savings of $20,000 and $10,000 from Emma L. Miller Elementary School -- which cut its budget from $725,000 to roughly $705,000 -- and the Highway Department, respectively. Malloy voted in favor of these reductions and said perhaps more can be done.
In Wednesday's Annual Town Election, Malloy vies for his seat against former Selectman Fred Sawyer.
Also on Wednesday's ballot are Greta Facchetti for the Emma L. Miller School Committee; Alan Carlow for the Parks Commission; Brenda Smith for assessor.
Town Clerk Brenda Smith said many vacancies remain, including cemetery commission, constable, moderator and Planning Board.
"It's not a good situation, but a lot of small towns are dealing with the same problem," Smith said.
Voting is at town hall Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m.
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