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Farrell wins seat on Shutesbury Select Board

  • Guy Devito, right, and Donna DeVito vote on an article at the Shutesbury Town Meeting held under a large tent behind town hall on Saturday. The meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury Town Meeting moderator Paul Lyons, foreground, takes a vote during the rescheduled annual meeting held behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury finance committee co-chair Eric Stocker addresses the annual Town Meeting which was held under a large tent behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Leslie Luchonock, right, addresses a comment on an article at Shutesbury Town Meeting to moderator Paul Lyons, foreground, during the rescheduled meeting held behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The annual meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Elaine Puleo, left, seated with fellow Shutesbury Select Board members Melissa Makepeace-O'Neil, center, and April Stein, right, reads the second of 32 articles on the Town Meeting warrant during the annual meeting held behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury Town Meeting moderator Paul Lyons, center, takes a vote during the rescheduled annual meeting held behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Michael Vinskey, right, addresses a comment to Shutesbury Town Meeting moderator Paul Lyons, left, during the rescheduled meeting held outside of town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The annual meeting is usually held the first Saturday in May at Shutesbury Elementary School. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury residents gather under and outside a large tent for the annual town meeting held behind town hall on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The meeting is usually held on the first Saturday in May in the Shutesbury Elementary School gym. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury Town Hall at 1 Cooleyville Road. Photographed on Saturday, June 27, 2020, as the rescheduled annual Town Meeting took place behind town hall. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Shutesbury Select Board candidate Jeff Lacy, center, and supporter Sarah Patton, left, sit on the town common with their campaign signs as the election and annual Town Meeting were held behind the town hall, seen in background, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Seated nearby were Mie Piner, 12, and Elyse Hawkins, 10, who were playing cards while they took a break from holding campaign signs for friend and candidate Rita Farrrell. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING



Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 07, 2020

SHUTESBURY — Voters approved a $6.6 million operating budget and a 32-article warrant during Town Meeting and elected in Rita Farrell to a three-year term on the Select Board on Saturday.

A total of 545 votes were cast out of the town’s 1,228 registered voters — a 44% turnout — according to unofficial election results posted on the town’s website.

Town Clerk Susie Mosher said that voters passed every warrant at the open-air Town Meeting held Saturday morning in the large field behind Town Hall, including a citizens petition to take $750,000 from free cash, the stabilization account or capital funds to pay down the $1.69 million in borrowing to pay for the town’s broadband network. One of the three zoning bylaws also was amended, Mosher said.

Farrell beat out Jeffrey R. Lacy for a seat on the town’s Select Board — the election’s only contested race — 353 to 184. The seat’s current holder, Elaine Puleo, did not run for reelection after being elected to a two-year position in 2018.

Farrell, who is co-chairwoman of the Finance Committee, has also served on the School, Recreation and Community Preservation committees. Interviewed Saturday, she said she was “thrilled” to have won a seat on the board.

“I think it’s an affirmation of my dedication to the town and my deep knowledge of town government administration and that the people of Shutesbury support their local government and schools,” Farrell said.

Lacy, a member of the Planning Board for the past 25 years and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the last 10, said he thought the election was “a great experience,” even though he lost.

“It was a fair contest between two sides,” Lacy said. “We articulated our positions on things in different ways … I think we had a very good message about affordable Shutesbury and I think they had a very good strategy.”

Other seats were up for grabs, such as positions on the Board of Health, Planning Board, School Committee and others. Full election results for specific positions can be found at shutesbury.org.