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Alison Genest focuses on financial, planning and oversight issues during first 3 months as Dracut Selectman

Dracut Selectman Alison Genest has had a productive first 90 days in office.

After topping the ticket in a five-candidate race in the June town election, Genest was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as the board’s vice chair. She also serves on a number of board subcommittees, including Economic Development and Public Safety.

At her first meeting as a selectman, Genest brought forward an agenda item for public goal setting at town hall. Selectmen talked about their high-level goals for the year during their September 22 meeting. Goals are being finalized with the town manager and will be published on the town’s website.

“There’s tremendous enthusiasm in the community for transparency and accountability and I appreciate everyone who has reached out by phone, email, text and on social media to express their support, share their ideas and talk about issues that impact our quality of life in town,” Genest said. “I love Dracut and I’m working to make a difference for all of us.”

During her first three months in office, in collaboration with her colleagues and the town manager, Genest has also focused on a variety of other issues:

·      Working to improve planning and oversight for the purchase, use and maintenance of town-owned land, including the Beaver Brook Farm, the Beaver Brook Trail Project and future purchases made with community preservation funds

·      Pushing for a proactive financial approach to cover storm water and trash costs in the budget and avoid the implementation of new fees on property owners

·      Supporting greater oversight of DATV financials

·      Passing a resolution supporting the Dracut Police Department

·      Scheduling a meet-and-greet with the police and fire department unions

·      Responding to requests from residents about a variety of issues, including sidewalk clearing, traffic signage and graffiti removal

·      Attending a variety of community events, including the Dracut Garden Club’s dedication of the new welcome garden, the flag-raising ceremony for India Independence Day and the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Green Star Herbals

Genest has refused the $2,000 annual taxpayer-funded stipend for serving as a Selectman, returning the money to the town’s general fund for better use elsewhere.

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