Hickok to retire from Gilford BudCom; O'Brien wants to stay on selectboard

GILFORD — Selectboard Chair John O'Brien will seek a second term in the upcoming town elections but long-time Budget Committee Chair Richard Hickok will not.

A representative of the Town Clerk Tax Collector's Office said yesterday that O'Brien had filed his paperwork with her office. In a brief interview Friday evening, Hickok said he would not run again.

Two other seats open on the Budget Committee include Phyllis Corrigan and Vice-Chair David "Skip" ...

GILFORD — Selectboard Chair John O'Brien will seek a second term in the upcoming town elections but long-time Budget Committee Chair Richard Hickok will not.

A representative of the Town Clerk Tax Collector's Office said yesterday that O'Brien had filed his paperwork with her office. In a brief interview Friday evening, Hickok said he would not run again.

Two other seats open on the Budget Committee include Phyllis Corrigan and Vice-Chair David "Skip" Murphy — neither of whom has said yet if they'll seek re-election.

The filing period closes on Friday at 5 p.m.

Another new face to the political chessboard but no stranger to Gilford is Barbara Aichinger who has put her name in for one of the three openings on the Budget Committee.

Aichinger is also one of the prime sponsors of five petitioned warrant articles on this year's town warrant that include imposing a tax or spending cap on Gilford's municipal government and School District, allowing the Budget Committee rather than the Board of Selectmen to determine the town's default budget, changing voting day from March until May, and making all municipal employees with individual contracts not covered by bargaining units bring their contracts to town meeting for approval.

The Board of Selectmen have unanimously chosen to not recommend the above warrant articles and public hearings on them are scheduled for Feb. 22 in the main meeting room at Town Hall.

Four of the five articles are also petitioned on to the School District Warrant and the public hearing on Feb. 22 will cover both of them simultaneously.

School Board Chair Kurt Webber said last night he, Sue Allen, and Karen Thurston are all up for reelection this year and will all be running. 

Joe Hoffman has also put in his name for the Budget Committee, selectman, and a number of other offices.

Voting will be conducted on Tuesday, March 13.