HEBRON – Incumbent Selectman James Reid was re-elected to a second three-year term despite opposition from two other candidates during the annual town meeting Saturday.

In a 46-28 vote over his nearest competitor, Josh Hounsell, Reid ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and finding ways to raise money without raising people’s taxes, such as harvesting woodlots on land taken by tax title.

Reid said previously that if re-elected he also hoped to build a salt shed to preserve leeching material and rewrite the employees handbook to better define such issues as vacation time and insurance.

Hounsell, who moved to Hebron about five years ago, said his varied education and work experiences would make him a good and effective selectman.

“I know I have a lot to learn,” said Hounsell, who was nominated from the floor of annual town meeting.

Hounsell holds a degree in kinesiology (athletic administration) and works in the building, heating and plumbing trades with his family’s company.

Hounsell told voters that if elected he would learn as much as possible, keep town spending down, communicate well with other town departments and protect the integrity of the town.

Norm Jutras, who did not speak on town meeting floor, received four votes.

In other election action, voters re-elected Joan Clough town clerk and treasurer/collector, a position she has held since 1975.

Voters also re-elected Moody Library Trustee Janette Packard for a three-year term and SAD 17 Director Katherine Rideout Road for a three-year term.


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