2020 Town Candidate Information

Timothy Cook

Candidate for Planning Board

I have lived in the Upper Valley for 50 years and in Lyme for the past 40 years and care deeply how Lyme grows and what it will look like in another 50 years.  I think we have a real opportunity to have Lyme grow and at the same time avoid the urban sprawl that so many towns succumb to.

Having grown up on a farm in Pa. I have a real interest in preserving farmland for future generations.

I’ve worked varied jobs:  DHMC for 8 years——construction with Recreate Inc. for 15 years, doing primarily historic restoration—— owner of Ratty’s Tack Shop and then Fairlee Feed and Saddlery in Fairlee Vermont.

I think working in all these different jobs and knowing people from all walks of life in the Upper Valley, has given me a better understanding of the strengths and limitations of local planning. I was on the Budget Committee for 3 years and am presently on the Heritage Commission and the Lyme Common Committee.  I served on the Planning Board in the 1980’s and then again for the past 6 years.

I feel I have something to contribute and would like to continue to serve on the Planning Board.

I would appreciate your vote on March 10.  


Katharine Ramsden, candidate for Library trustee, has 9 years experience as a trustee of a library in Connecticut where she served on planning, fundraising and communications committees. She also served as an elected member of the town’s representative town meeting (8 years), chairing the education and social services committees and also as trustee/president of the town’s land trust (8 years). A writer and editor, she is a graduate of Hanover High, Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

 
POSITION STATEMENT FROM FAITH CATLIN FEB 19, 2020

Greetings Fellow Citizens:
I am running for OVERSEER OF THE POOR and ask for your vote on March 10th.
If elected, I will:

1) Keep up to date and in communication with the many Upper Valley resources available to those in need.

2) Avoid replicating services by coordinating with my colleagues in the two churches and with Community Cares of Lyme.

3) Maintain fiscal responsibility and report to the selectmen regularly.

4) Create relationships with applicants that reflect the open-hearted values of the people of Lyme.

5) Attempt to change the out-dated title of Overseer ASAP.

Now retired, I worked as a clinician and discharge planner in the psych units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and also provided family therapy for hospice patients through the VNA.
I led and developed workshops for the Haven.
In Lyme, I have been  on the Pearl Dimmick board and am an active member of The Utility Club.  I also volunteered for years at the Lyme School, which both my children attended.  I’ve lived in Lyme for 30 years with my husband John Griesemer


Audrey Brown—candidate for Library trustee

Hello everyone, I currently serve as chair of the Library trustees, and if re-elected, this will be my third term. Prior to serving on the Library board, I served on the Lyme School Board where I was the board liaison to the library. I have been an active volunteer in a variety of school and town events in the 20-plus years I have lived in Lyme with my husband, Greg Spitz, and our two children. For all of those years, I have been an active user of the library and appreciate its valuable role in the community—welcoming people of all ages and interests and providing them with an array of information and resources. We are fortunate to have this town resource and I will be happy to continue helping to ensure that it’s an asset and a good value to the town. I would appreciate your vote on March 10. 

 

Nancy Elizabeth Grandine is running for Overseer of the Public Welfare.

            I have been Lyme’s Overseer of the Public Welfare since 2001, 19 years.  I love this job.  I have been able to help people not only with financial assistance, but also with encouragement and advice.  I am running for reelection, and I ask for your vote.

            The Overseer of the Public Welfare is the person charged with fulfilling the Town’s statutory obligations.  In New Hampshire, Towns and Cities are responsible for providing financial assistance to persons in the Town or City who lack the ability to pay for certain statutorily defined necessities, including housing, heat, food, and utilities (i.e., electricity and basic telephone).  The Town has Welfare Guidelines, which include the maximum expense amounts allowable (e.g., a family of 4 is allowed a maximum of $520.00 a month for food and $130.00 a month for non-food).  The Overseer periodically reviews the Guidelines and proposes changes to the Selectboard.

            People seeking assistance file written Applications.  If their income and resources are less than their actual allowable expenses, the difference is the amount for which they are eligible.  The Overseer must be available to process promptly any Applications.  Since I live and work in the center of Lyme and rarely travel, I am always readily available.  On many occasions during my 19 years as Overseer, I have had to find emergency housing on a weekend night or to get heating fuel delivered in a crisis or to avert the disconnection of electricity.

            The Overseer must be knowledgeable of New Hampshire’s and Lyme’s Guidelines in order to process Applications and, if necessary, to defend his or her decisions.  I am a licensed Attorney who has practiced law in New Hampshire for 40 years.  I helped put together Lyme’s Welfare Guidelines, using the Model Welfare Guidelines prepared by the New Hampshire Municipal Association.  I have attended more than 15 day-long workshops for Welfare Administrators and numerous trainings about other available public assistance.  I am also very familiar with other Lyme resources (e.g., Pearl Dimick Fund, Lyme Town Ministries Deacons Fund, and Compassionate Care Fund), having worked closely with them.

            The Overseer must be fair-minded and non-judgmental, though certain judgments might be necessary.  If a person needs assistance, assistance should be granted without comment.  On the other hand, recipients are required to make reasonable efforts to become employed.  If they make no effort or their efforts are not reasonable, the Overseer can deny assistance.  I am fair-minded, yet I am able to be strict when necessary.

            Most importantly, the Overseer must be confidential, revealing to no one who receives assistance.  As an attorney, I am well practiced at maintaining confidences.  I have also served on Church and community committees where confidentiality was essential.  I also refrain from gossip of any kind, which I believe is unhealthy in a small community.

            Please re-elect me, Nancy Elizabeth Grandine, as Lyme’s Overseer of the Public Welfare.


Rich Brown is running for Planning Board

To the Residents of Lyme:

I have filed to become an elected member of the Planning Board. As many of you know, I have lived in Lyme for five years, been a property owner in Lyme for 14 years, and a resident of the Upper Valley for 40 years.

I believe that a lack of housing options in Lyme is the most important issue the Planning Board must address.

I have been working on housing issues for a long time, starting with my interest in developing cohousing here in Lyme. I have been going to housing conferences and workshops for many years. I have regularly attended Planning Board meetings for the last four years, and have been an Alternate for the last year.

In addition to the "normal business" of the Planning Board, I want the Town find ways to permit reasonable housing options to be built. I will bring my knowledge and energy to address this pressing issue.

Finally, I will welcome everyone's thoughts, either via email, phone, face-to-face, or at scheduled Planning Board meetings. You can read more on my website: https://randomneuronsfiring.com/why-im-running-for-planning-board/

Join me, and let's work together to institute real change for housing options in Lyme. Please vote for me on the ballot in March. Thank you.

Rich Brown
795-2525


Vincent Berk -- School Board.  I currently have the pleasure of serving on the School Board of our community.  On the board I have been paying special attention to budgetary concerns, especially with regards to high school funding, and our information security posture.

My passion for the school system is fueled by a belief that we must lay a foundation for children to participate in a constantly changing world.  Preparing children with dynamic problem solving skills for an increasingly digital world; a world with new geopolitical and environmental challenges.  Static beliefs are no longer sufficient:  innovation, creativity, and mutual respect are all vital ingredients for the recipe that prepares our children for this future.

For the past 20 years I have worked to create safe digital environments, from fighting state-sponsored hackers to catching online predators.  As technology continues to permeate areas of our lives, it has become commonplace for children to interact with the Internet and connected technology.  This brings new risks and it is our responsibility to teach children how to benefit from technology, without falling victim to these risks.

Finally, we all recognize the reality of budgetary limitations.  Our mission at the School Board is to find the maximum of future preparedness education for a realistic price that our town is able to bear.  This is a complex problem, sometimes more art than science; and I am committed to this mission.

Education: PhD in Computer Science

Professional: I help companies catch hackers


Budget Committee Statement

March 3, 2020

First, I’ll quickly introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me – I relocated to Lyme from the DC area about four years ago.  Professionally, I work as a scientist for a small biotech company (Adimab) in Lebanon. I am married and have a daughter who is a kindergartner at the Lyme School.

Two years ago, I was elected to complete Greg Lange’s term on the Budget Committee. At that time, I was motivated to run for the committee by a desire to better understand the process used to determine how our tax dollars are appropriated. My motivation is unchanged, and I’d like to continue to serve on the committee and help consider these expenditures.

Having said that, I will add that while I appreciate and generally agree with the cost-cutting measures taken by the Budget Committee, Select Board, and School Board over the past two years,  I don’t view this approach as sustainable. I don’t believe that the town of Lyme or the school has a fundamental spending problem. I believe that ours is a revenue problem, and it’s a problem we share with many towns in NH that rely heavily on property tax to generate revenue. It is frustrating but true that our towns do not have great control over the fact that the property tax is used to generate > 90% of the dollars we need to provide municipal services and to fund education.  It’s an enormous problem, and I don’t know how to solve it, but I’m interested in it and I’m interested in pursuing a solution.

It is worth emphasizing that Lyme is not suffering in solitude. Most of the towns in NH are experiencing this same problem.  Many of these towns, particularly those with less aggregated wealth than Lyme has, are in a crisis mode. I do not believe that we should submit to the idea that it is a forgone conclusion that NH will always rely so heavily on one tax, the property tax, to fund services. I realize that advocating for this type of change is not a short-term solution. However, I don’t believe that we should continue to quietly cut costs without stimulating debate over what I believe is the fundamental problem – we have a small base of property from which we can raise money.

I hope that you’ll consider re-electing me to the Budget Committee.

I’d also love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

Jennifer Boylston

144 Goose Pond Road