By Michelle Pelletier Marshall
ROWLEY — Two candidates are vying for the three-year open seat on the Board of Selectmen in the May 8 town election: Jack Cook, who was a selectmen for two terms and did not run for re-election last year due to health reasons, and newcomer John Noyes, who has served on the town's Finance Committee.
The seat is open because Selectman Dick Cummings decided not to run for re-election. He is a candidate for a seat on the Triton Regional School Committee.
Jack L. Cook
Address: 84 Main St.
Education: Pine Grove School and Newburyport High School
Family: Married to Linda, three grown children: Michael, Sue and Jack Jr.
Years in town: lifetime resident
Occupation: owner and operator of Jack L. Cook Rubbish
Past experience in town/school affairs: shellfish commissioner, water board member, Rowley Housing Authority, cemetery board and selectmen
1. Why do you seek a position as selectman? I feel I am pretty knowledgeable about what is going on around town and could work well with other town departments to more smoothly operate the town. I enjoyed my previous two terms as a selectman, but had to step down for health reasons. I am well now and ready to be more involved in the workings of town government.
2. What would be your first goal on the board? My first goal would be to listen carefully and act on those issues brought before the Board of Selectmen. One of these issues is working with the water department board to ensure the new treatment plant gets up and running for the safety and necessity of Rowley residents.
I also am looking to really step up the efforts of finding a location for a new fire station, or better yet, a complete safety building, which would include both the fire and police departments. We have outgrown both our fire and police stations and in the interest of public safety we need to move forward quickly on this project.
3. What makes you stand out as a candidate — why should voters chose you? I have been a board member before and would like the opportunity again to work with the citizens of this town and the boards and committees to make a better town for all those in Rowley. I know I can do a good job for the people of Rowley, as I will listen to all sides.
Address: 71 Plantation Drive
Education: Wentworth Institute
Family: 4 sisters, 1 brother
Years in town: 43 years
Occupation: retired mechanical engineer
Past experience in town/school affairs: finance committee member
1. Why do you seek a position as selectman? I'm interested in this position because changes are needed, and we have some key projects on the horizon that are of interest and concern to me. These include pushing through the building of the new water treatment plant in town and addressing the need for a new fire department to be built in town. I am also concerned about the proposed merger of the Triton Middle and High Schools and question the benefit of that action, and have some questions to be posed about the project.
2. What would be your first goal on the board? I want to ensure the smooth construction of the water treatment plant to meet our January 2014 consent order deadline.
3. What makes you stand out as a candidate — why should voters chose you? I would listen carefully to all the details about the issues at hand, such as the need for a new fire station and opposition to the new water treatment plant, and work to make the best decisions for the residents of the town as far as safety and fiscal responsibility are concerned.
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There are five contested races in the annual town election, which will be held on Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. in the hall at St. Mary's Church on Main Street. The other races are for School Committee, Planning Board, Municipal Light Board and shellfish commissioner.
For the Planning Board, Peter Censullo of 15 Green Needle Lane and Michael Kovalchuk of 250 Main St. seek the three-year unexpired term. Kenneth Keyes of 16 Railroad Ave. and Frank Romano of 61 Summer St. are seeking the three-year term on the Municipal Light Board; and incumbent Stuart Dalzell Jr., 47 Warehouse Lane, is being challenged by Michael Cook of 10 Central St. for the three-year shellfish commissioner seat.