My name is Michael Plageman and I am running for re-election to the Town Selectboard.
I have been a resident of Essex since December, 1985. My wife Kathryn and I reside at
19 Beech Street in the village where we have lived since we moved to Essex. Our
daughter, Elizabeth, attended Essex schools graduating in 2004. She graduated magna
cum laude in 2008 from the University of New Hampshire. She and her fiancé, Dave
now reside in Allston, Massachusetts.
In addition to my one term on the Selectboard, I have served Essex on several boards and
commissions. I was a six year member of the Planning Commission serving one year as
chairman. I served for two years on the Police Facility Committee culminating in the
choice of a new site for our police department and a very successful bond vote in
November, 2012. I served as a member of the Essex Zoning Board of Adjustment for
five years. I have been an active member of Essex Rotary since 1991. I am running for
re-election to continue service to the Essex community and to work on the future
challenges facing us today.
I have several goals I want to continue if I am re-elected.
money. The Thoughtful Growth in Action group has recommended one
Planning Commission with two separate Design Review Boards for Essex. This
important work will begin in 2016
municipal services. I will continue to work with the Economic Development
Commission as an ex-officio member to support and encourage our current
businesses to stay and expand here. I want to continue to encourage and support
new businesses to locate in Essex.
necessitated a review of how Parks and Recreation services are delivered in
Essex. This important work will begin in 2016
looking forward to working to increase voter participation in the budget, election
and other business matters in Essex