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Upton in Need of Assessors

It's been some time since the town of Upton has had a full Board of Assessor's and with the Town Election scheduled for May 2, town officials are hoping several residents show interest in running for the seats. The Assessor's three year seat has been vacant for some time and the incumbent for the one year seat, James Earle, has not determined if he'll run again.

"It's such an important position," said Town Clerk Kelly McElreath, who currently sits on the Board. "It's a three member board that's currently running with two members. At one point, we had residents who had 5, 15, and 26 years of experience, however those elected officials have moved on."

According to the Mission Statement, the Assessing Department is responsible for accurately determining the value of all real and personal property located in town for the purpose of taxation. "We're encouraging anyone interested in assisting with assessing property to give the Board a call," said McElreath. The Assessor's office can be reached at 508-529-1002.

Concerning the Town Election, nomination papers are now available for candidates to pick up in the Town Clerk's office. As of February 10, incumbent Richard Robinson has taken out his nomination papers for the Board of Health's three year position. In addition, incumbent Steven Driver and Michael Moran have also taken out papers for the Constables three year office.

Other offices up for re-election include the three year seat for Board of Selectman. Incumbent Ken Picard publically announced at the February 2 Board meeting that he does intend to run again for office. "I feel I've had a positive impact to the community and I still enjoy doing this," he said.

Additional offices, their incumbents, and term length include Mendon Upton Regional School District Committee for three years, Dorothy Scally; Cemetery Commission for three years, Glenn Fowler; Recreation Commission for three years, Paul Pirozzi; three Library Trustees for three years, Linda White, Kathleen Kelley, and Judith Katz-Goodman; Planning Board for five years, Raymond Smith; Upton Housing Authority for five years, Mildred Morin; Board of Commissioners of Trust Funds for three years, Michael Oliver; and the other incumbent Constables for the three year terms include James Bates Jr., Barbara Burke, James Comfort Jr., and Sandra Hakala.

All candidates are required to obtain 30 signatures from registered Upton voters. Completed nomination papers must be submitted to the Registrars of Voters for certification of names on or before Monday, March 14 by 5 p.m. Nomination papers must then be filed with the Town Clerk's office by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 28. Candidates wishing to withdraw from the election must do so by Wednesday, March 30 through the Town Clerk.

The last day for residents to register to vote in the Town Election is Tuesday, April 12. The Town Clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day. Anyone with questions on their voter registration should contact the Town Clerk's office at 508-529-3565.

Just days after the election, Upton will hold its Annual Town Meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at Nipmuc Regional High School beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


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