Letter: Winters for Planning Board

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To the Editor:

Please re-elect Chris Winters to the Williamstown Planning Board by voting May in support of his third term.

Winters offers a fresh perspective and is in tune with the needs of our community to broaden and expand our tax base so that we retain our attractive schools and community. His thoughts and support range from the diverse housing such as Cable Mills and Photech, which add attractive living space, tax revenues, and diversity to even helping our local environment with his bee keeping activity!

A diverse individual, having served on the Conservation Commission, the Finance Committee, and Community Preservation Committee over the years, Chris brings skill and dedication. His intellect is engaging and sharp. His analytical skills help guide positions and decisions in a highly informed manner. His views are needed to keep Williamstown at the very least listening to different ideas and taking new directions to keep our local economy robust.

We are going to be facing some additional financial issues such as Police, Fire, and Ambulance infrastructure needs, and we must begin to think of how we will pay for this. Planning that is current, and relevant will be presented and carried out best by Winters — Winters is the answer. Mark your ballot for Winters!

Daniel N. Gendron

Williamstown, Mass.



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