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February 4, 2013

Packed field for selectmen's race

The first day to take out papers to run for town office in the May election proved to be a busy one Friday, with five potential challengers entering the race for two selectmen’s seats.

Freeman Condon, Ronald Laffely, Tom Saab, Harold Congdon and Paula Moore all took out papers Friday — the first day nomination papers were available — to campaign for two seats on the Board of Selectmen currently held by Ed Hunt and Jerry Klima.

Hunt and Klima had not taken out papers as of Friday, but they have until Friday, March 22, to do so.

All candidates must gather the signature of 32 registered Salisbury voters and return their papers by Tuesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. to be included on the May 14 town election ballot, Town Clerk Wilma McDonald said.

Should a candidate have a change of heart, the withdrawal deadline to be removed from the ballot is Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m.

In addition to choosing two selectmen for the next three years, voters will elect a town moderator, also for a three-year term.

Three Triton Regional School Committee members, one each from Salisbury, Rowley and Newbury, will also be elected for three-year terms. Deborah Choate, Salisbury’s current representative to the School Committee, also picked up her candidate papers on Friday to run for re-election.

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Boaters will pay an extra $1 per foot if they keep their vessels in Salisbury waters. At the request of the Harbor Commission, selectmen at their recent meeting increased the boat fee to $4 per foot.

Officials said the additional revenue is needed to pay off the loan on the town’s pumper boat. Without the increase in revenue, due to higher expenses, the Harbor Commission was eating through its stabilization fund to accommodate the loan payment.

Salisbury’s pumper boat, The Duty Call, pumps out the septic tanks of boats in town waters, keeping the harbor clean.

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