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April 24, 2013

Anderson, Devine vie for selectman's seat in W. Newbury

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The high school will require a more extensive major renovation. As it will take a number of years to come to a consensus and to create an actual project plan, it would most likely not affect our taxes for at least 4-5 years. My objective is to replace town debt — scheduled to retire in FY ‘18, ‘19 and ‘20 — with debt needed to fund the renovation. This scenario would have little, if any, impact to increase taxes.

Question 3: Would you favor a hunting policy to allow bow hunting on town-owned land?

In general, I support the right to hunt. There’s currently a “working group” that’s put in a lot of time to study this. I would like to hear the results of their analysis, consult with the town attorney and to listen to the public input. I think it’s premature to support this before we have complete information.

Kristi Devine

Address: 7 Montclair Road

Age: 55

Occupation: At-home mom; previously 10 years in financial industry, also in the publishing industry and as a restaurant owner

Education: Boston University, 2 years

Residency: 13 years

Public Service: Scott Brown for U.S. Senate campaign volunteer; coordinator of volunteers for McKenna for Attorney General campaign; Red Cross Relief volunteer; state chair for Government Reform & Integrity Platform

Question 1: Where do you stand on moving toward a full-time fire department?

The current call volume doesn’t warrant a full-time department. Any coverage deficiencies during weekdays due to more volunteer firefighters holding day jobs outside town can be addressed by scheduling “standby” during those hours with compensation on a per diem basis. A relatively high percentage of the current firefighters are both firefighter I/II and EMT trained, but if necessary, the department could broaden its recruitment efforts to include other suitable candidates already employed by the town. These cost-effective adjustments ensure safety remains a top priority without a costly change to a system that has worked so well for so long.

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