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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Baldwin ousts Childs as Atkinson Selectman

ATKINSON — After 12 years as selectman, Fred Childs’s tenure came to an end last night. Voters elected Plaistow police Lt. William Baldwin, a former Atkinson lieutenant, as their new selectman.
Baldwin received 680 votes while Childs had 278 votes. Craig Schuster was third with 148 votes.
Childs admitted he was disappointed, but looked back fondly on his time on the board.
“I had a good run and made a lot of good friends along the way,” he said “I’ve put a lot of time in as selectman and I have no regrets.
Voters wanted a change.
“We’re due for a change,” David Jackson said. “We need to get some new ideas out there.”
Annette McClellan agreed it was Baldwin’s time.
“He’s got the experience we need as selectman,” Annette McClellan said. “He’s a good guy and honest man.”
Although there was a hotly contested selectman’s race, Town Clerk Rose Cavalear said turnout was disappointing. Only 21 percent of the town’s 5,279 registered voters cast ballots.
“I don’t know if the weather had something to do with it, or maybe people weren’t interested in the warrant articles,” Cavalear said.
In other contested races, incumbents ruled the vote for the most part.
Incumbent road agent Edward Stewart defeated Brian Klimaszewski, 776-313. Incumbents Susan Carroll and Bill Smith will serve once again on the Budget Committee, beating Harlan Cheney. Incumbent Kathleen Friel edged out Jean Sanders for cemetery trustee, 520-485.
Sanders did win a seat on the Conflict of Interest Committee, beating incumbent Joyce LaFrance, 512-375.
Incumbent Alan Phair and James Cobb were elected as library trustees, receiving 490 and 561 votes, respectively. Tim Dziechowski trailed with 388 votes.
Only three of the 25 warrant articles didn’t pass in town, but they were all close.
Voters elected not to add $10,000 to a capital reserve fund for the town’s legal fees, 510-509.
There was a tie in the vote to establish a Heritage Commission and heritage fund, 502-502. As a result, the article did not pass.
An article which would have added $15,000 to a capital reserve fund for recreation purposes failed, 518-504.
The $4 million budget was passed by a healthy margin, 583-483.
Voters approved a $212,000 fire tanker and $30,000 for the installation of six fire hydrants.
Insect control was a focus of Atkinson’s warrant and voters approved two articles relating to that. The town voted to allow bow hunting in the town forest and to add $47,390 to a mosquito control fund.


33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Badlwin is not change, he's same old same old.

Anonymous said...

Baldwin not change?

You betcha.

Did people know this or did he just get the elderly vote.

I think he wants to be the Police Chief.

Anonymous said...

Hi Geppetto Consentini pulling Billy's strings or has he become his own man.

Anonymous said...

By far the biggest mistake by the residents of Atkinson. Baldwin is a scumbag and is only out to ruin the town. You all talk about how the town needs a change, Baldwin doesn't represent change. He most definitely wants to be Police chief and the town should force his removal from that decision process. Text book Conflict of interest. And we thought Plaistow was the idiot of the area bringing him in...oh Atkinson you're going to regret this vote. Big Time.

Anonymous said...

Well he can't elect himself Police Chief, nor can he participate in that discussion. So pay attention to all the meetings to make sure he doesn't overstep.

We live amongst morons.

Anonymous said...

Geez. The ink for the results isn't even dry and people are already bitching. Only 21% of voters turned out to vote. If you're one of the 79% that didn't vote, you have no right to complain.

Anonymous said...

And what if we are the 21% who did vote? People that come here everyday care about the Town. We bitch because we see something amiss. Not to mention how RIGHT we were about himself.

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Anonymous said...

@ March 13 at 6:51PM. Then bitch away. :)

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if we (the town)presented the x-chief with the keys to that Mercury as a "got fired" gift? If not why is it sitting in his driveway?

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if we (the town)presented the x-chief with the keys to that Mercury as a "got fired" gift? If not why is it sitting in his driveway?

Anonymous said...

Ask them.

Anonymous said...

put the old horse out to pasture

Anonymous said...

With another free police car (at taxpayer expense)? Where is my car and the other 5000 taxpayer + cars? When will the selectmen deliver our cars to our driveways?

Anonymous said...

@ 7:06. Stop "stalking" he can take you court for that. But just make sure you have the right person. The judge will laugh at you an throw it out anyways.

Anonymous said...

Stalkers are easy to catch because of their obsessive nature. They never know when to quit. They just can't help themselves, it's a mental illness.

Anonymous said...

hey Billy, did you ever return the $5900 the Town advanced you when you were deployed to BOSTON?

Anonymous said...

If you think this is true, do a RTk request and find out. Let us know. He can begin he term by paying us back.

Anonymous said...

Ya, everyone seems to be going goo goo ga ga over Baldwin. How stupid can you get? Time for the town to investigate his past dealings and and compensation and if necessary garnish his wages until it's all paid back. And this would include any special compensation dreamed up by the former chief of police while Baldwin was a member of the APD.

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Anonymous said...

I would like to thank Fred Childs for his service and for getting rid of the Police Chief. This is your legacy and is payback for his ill treatment of you and Dale. Enjoy your retirement.

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank all the cats for staying strong

AtkinsonReporter2Monitor said...

Would your Mother be proud of your obsession?

Anonymous said...

I would like this cat hater to be a man and let us know who he is obsessed with. Is he such a coward that he must blog incessantly? Dude, get a life.

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Anonymous said...

fred worgot his war to the town hall glad the old hourse is out to pasture is a big of a crook as friel

Anonymous said...

Ah huh

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Anonymous said...

When is Billy's first meeting going to be on tv?

Anonymous said...

If it's like his service on the school board, it will be about a month of Sundays.

jmho

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