Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 31, 2013

Town critics eye Selectmen race

Larry Bruce, Mary Carbone consider challenging incumbents


“People want to have the voice. The opportunity is there,” Vispoli said. “I think Town Meeting certainly is accessible to everybody. It proceeds to provide information on the issues so people can make a choice, and I think it allows the citizens to have direct input.”

Salafia said holding board positions in town for 20 years has given him the chance to work with other towns and see how they operate.

“Andover is run extremely well, and I think the form of government is appropriate,” he said.

Carbone, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Board of Selectmen in 2007, said “it took about five or six guys to keep me out of there. It was an experience.”

“I don’t think things are going too well right now in the town, from a financial standpoint,” she said. “There are too many big ticket items and the residents deserve a break.”

Carbone is a frequent audience member at town board meetings, especially in the case of the Board of Selectmen.

“I want to think it out,” she said. “I want to think, if I’m doing better on the other side (as a member of the audience) or if I’d be better off on the Board of Selectmen.”

Vispoli said he is returning to the ballot because “there’s a lot of work that we started that I want to work on.” His focus would be on what it has for the last several years: “to find ways to streamline and reduce the cost of delivering services,” he said.

During his time on the board, selectmen have worked with Town Manager Buzz Stapczynski to reorganize the town’s IT department. They’ve also charged Stapczynski through his contract’s goal system to outsource town functions to the private sector in order to save money.

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