Janet Olmstead, Petitioning Candidate Running for Council
1. While I haven’t held any public office, I was a faithful servant of the Town of Plymouth as a dispatcher for Police, Fire and EMS. I worked in the Building Department and Assessors Office’s with perfect attendance. I served as secretary for many different commissions and was the permanent secretary for the Code Enforcement Committee as well as the Board of Assessment Appeals.
2. I am not pleased with the direction the current administration is taking the town by not following the charter and ignoring the vote of the public and our concerns. I do not agree with changing the charter to suit the current administration. Businesses are moving out of town due to the mill rate increasing too quickly.
3. People skills. I have worked for many town departments and have dealt directly with the pubic for 16 years. I was a supervisor for security for Millstone Nuclear Power Station for 20 years and supervised 30-plus officers. I stand up for what I believe is right, no matter what the cost.
4. Grow our Grand List! Make all town departments more efficient so the citizens and businesses are taken care of in a timely fashion. I also will be proposing that all town fire and EMS volunteers receive their abatements regardless of tax status. If they have achieved their hours but fallen behind in their taxes due to a hardship, they should not be punished and lose the abatement which can possibly bring them current. There are many town positions that can be looked at for saving unnecessary payroll costs. Ensure all personnel that are promoted to positions are qualified to hold them. Ensure all who are eligible for benefits are contacted and given the opportunity and ability to apply and receive them.
5. To get a handle on the spending beyond our means and to understand that there will have to be concessions to grow our town, lower our mill rate and follow our charter.
6. Plymouth has a great deal of potential to become a town where people want to settle, remain and aspire to open businesses.
7. Listening to the people is the key. I see the potential in the town and the changes that need to occur to make Plymouth great and I would like to stand by the CFRG slate to be a part of the change.