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This year's election--to take place May 19--will have one contested race.  Incumbent Selectman William Cawley is being challenged by Jim Huebner.  To give the candidates an opportunity to let voters know who they are and where they stand, Tracks asked the two men four questions:  1. What is your background and how do you think it will serve you as Selectman?  2. Describe your involvement in Town government or other volunteer positions.  3. What would you like to accomplish as Selectman?  4. Is there anything else about yourself you want voters to know?
The candidates' answers follow.

Bill Cawley

I have 12 years on the Board of Selectmen, where I've been Clerk all 12 years.  My time on the board has been served as a creator of ideas, and I have the ability to work with the board to see those ideas come to fruition.  I'm proudest of the development of the recycling and Transfer Station and lowering the Town's cost to get rid of trash.  In 1988, when I was first elected to the Board, we started with a budget of $30,000 [for the Transfer Station].  I believe our current budget is still close to $30,000 12 years later.  My first year on the

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Jim Huebner

What I do for a living is management consulting for large multinational companies in process quality and fiscal management.  What I've observed over the last few years is that the Town needs to have better management and attention to process, following Mass General Laws and the Town's own laws.  For example, the Selectmen have focused on keeping taxes down, but overlooked the opportunity for income they had with the Petricca Tower.
A town isn't the same as a business but my experience in business and manage

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46 Articles on ATM Warrant

The warrant for this year's Annual Town Meeting holds no real surprises.  The majority of budget items are level-funded.  The Town's portion of the school budget is actually lower--by about $25,000--than last year.  The Highway Department budget is up due largely to an increase in the cost of health insurance. 
A new item on this year's warrant is $2,000 for the Becket Fire Department's truck fund.  Finance Committee chair

Phil Clark notes that the $6,000 the Town pays the Becket Fire Department has not changed in years.  He adds that the Becket Fire Department has a history of responding quickly to any emergencies in Town.
The only new big-ticket item voters will be asked to approve is a $64,000 transfer from Free Cash to reduce the tax rate.  This large sum is to offset the loss of PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) money. 


Sunday, May 6, 1 to 5 p.m.:  Annual Park Spruce Up followed by a potluck picnic.  This year's special projects include resurfacing the basketball court and building a new letter sign among other things.  Bring a dish to share at the end.
Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m.: Annual Town Meeting.  See related article.
Thursday, May 17, 1 p.m.:  The Bookmobile will be at the Town Park.
Saturday, May 19, Noon to 4 p.m.:  Town Elections at Town Hall.
Monday, May 21, 6:15 p.m.:  Public Hearing of the Lee Planning Board on the application of Berkshire Marble & Granite for a special permit to build an addition on its property on Marble Street (in Lee but abutting October Mountain State Forest in Washington).
Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m.: Public Hearing with the Planning Board on a proposed by-law that outlines the process for siting wireless communication facilities (cell towers).
Friday, June 1, 7 to 9 p.m.: Opening reception for the Becket Washington School Art Show at the Becket Arts Center.  The exhibit will also be open Saturday, June 2, 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, June 5, 7 to 8 p.m.