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We have a lot of work to do in Alton, and I’ll put you first

To The Daily Sun,

Everybody in the Town of Alton knows who I am and where I stand. Whether you agree with me or not, I tell you my position, I tell you why it makes sense, I do not obfuscate in the grey area, I offer up a solution, and I sign my name. Name one position I have taken that I have not put you first-not me, YOU. I am for turning the water department over to the town so that my neighbors and local businesses who are on town water won't have to suffer one bad day. I was one of the first town's people to speak out for the town taking over the cemetery. Today the majority, including the cemetery trustees, believe that makes a lot of sense. I am excited and support what Scott Williams is doing to grow our town while not changing our town. We should welcome new businesses like a Dollar Store with the caveat that the façade looks like any of our residential neighbors. Workshops should be 100 percent video-taped and posted on the town's web site along with the minutes.
Do I know what I am talking about? You decide: I have chaired and been on the Budget cCmmittee for the last 12 years. I have been a member of the ZBA (Zoning Board of Adjustment) for seven years. While on the ZBA, you know me for putting residents and property ownership rights first. I have served as a water commissioner for the last year, and have chaired and been a member of the Alton and Prospect Mountain High School boards for the last four years. I have chaired their finance committees. I have chaired and been a member of the JMA finance committee for over nine years and been a member of both sides. I have successfully negotiated three union contracts and been the school board manager of the $4MM ACS construction project. Name one other candidate with my length and breadth of experience. Name one issue that I have not been passionate about. Name one issue where I did not fight for the benefit of Alton and her taxpayers. Name one issue where you were not sure where I stood. Name one time where I did not put Alton first. You and I may at times disagree, but we never disagree about who comes first.
What do we need to do? In no special order: We should be proactive in recruiting businesses into town such as a medical professional for the old Alton Family Medicine building. We should help Scott Williams fill out the new center. We should offer tax abatements for business who make aesthetic improvements to their business on Main Street. We should finish the sidewalks once and for all. We should improve the bandstand no matter what season it is. We should hire a milfoil monitor for the summer. We need a hospitality/tourist page on our web site. We need to change the Gilman Museum into a productive asset. We need to be more efficient in our assessing protocols. We need a master plan for the Highway, Police, and Fire Departments. Street lights have to be addressed. In other words, going forward, let's have Alton become proactive instead of just reactive. Boy do we have a lot of work to do.
Steve Miller
Candidate for Selectman


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Biosolids impart much more than nitrogen to the soil

To The Daily Sun,

Nitrogen isn't the only free thing that you get from spreading biosolids. Here is a partial list of free extra gifts you can receive from spreading biosolids: Triclosan (which changes to Dioxin in sunlight), arsenic, lead, molybdenum, mercury, radioactive material (from hospital waste), pharmaceuticals, thousands of chemicals, parasites, microbes that cause diseases such as hepatitis A, PHA's, chloroanaline, steroids, heavy metals, prions (a word worth looking up), pathogens,viruses, bacteria and a variety of other synthetic chemicals. All of this could be coming to a field near you.

Sewage treatment plants do not remove most hazardous chemicals from sludge that is spread on fields. Actually, scientists are finding out the treatment done before spreading often creates new pollutants and superbugs. Most are toxic and persistent.

Remember that no notification is needed and no setbacks required to spread Class A. Ask the people that live near the fields by Loon Pond. Class B requires a permit and setbacks and I think signs that tell you not to walk on the fields for so many days. Tell that to the wildlife that can' t read. After the signs are taken down just like magic the fields are totally safe, right?

So ask yourself, is it worth taking a risk on making Gilmanton a toxic waste site? Think of your land values going down. Vote "Yes" on Article 3 to ban biosolids.

Sandi Guarino


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