The Manomet Current has posted a list of questions for candidates in all contested offices. You can find the questions here.
Name: Nate Segal
Running for: Town Meeting Representative from Precinct 7
Street: Monument Ponds Path
Served on Town Boards and Committees: I am looking forward to serving as a Town Meeting Member from Precinct 7.
Running for office: I’m running for Town Meeting in order to make a positive contribution to my community, to help manage the town in a responsible, sustainable and inclusive manner that will preserve the amazing features we have now, while building a healthy, safe and thriving community for the next generation (for more information please visit nateprecinct7.com).
Do you think Selectmen should have put a question on the ballot regarding retail marijuana sales in Plymouth?
Like many people, my initial reaction to the idea of retail marijuana sales in our town is one of uneasiness. However the initiative was already approved by a majority of voters across the state and specifically in Plymouth – during a Presidential election when turnout is at its highest.
We must remain committed to carefully managing the process of zoning to ensure this new industry is not disruptive or harmful to the community. We reserve the right to monitor and re-assess the process in the coming years.
Recent examples in Colorado and Washington have shown that marijuana can be safely legalized and regulated, providing needed tax revenue and allowing police to focus their limited resources on other matters.
Ultimately, while I am strongly against substance abuse and believe the opioid crisis is an urgent matter for our town, I believe the matter of marijuana sales has been decided by voters, and we must now focus our energy on implementing it safely and responsibly, as we currently do for alcohol & tobacco products.
How do you envision the development of the 1, 500 acre parcel of land surrounding the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station?
As Pilgrim closes its doors, our number one concern must be safety. The safe and responsible storage of spent fuel is something that affects us all. As much as possible the material should be shipped off-site, and dry cask storage must absolutely not be pushed past its intended limitations.
Secondly, we should begin preparations now (including setting aside funds) to decide the best use of the 1,500 acres of land abutting the Pilgrim Nuclear plant. A strategic mix of industrial usage, combined with preserved green space and residential development is something that would allow the town to replace lost revenue, while integrating the land seamlessly into the community in a way that could be enjoyed for generations to come.
Do you believe property taxes are too high in Plymouth? If so, what steps do you think should be taken to control them?
The 2017 property tax rate for Plymouth will be just above the median range for the state.
Recently, we have made smart investments in two new high schools. We have also committed to providing a certain level of municipal service. This is essential to keeping our town an attractive place to live and do business.
That being said, we must continually search for additional sources of revenue so that we are balancing the budget without the burden falling completely on homeowners.
In addition, the town budgeting process does not happen in a vacuum. We must stay engaged, pushing for efficiency and ensuring the budget reflects the economic realities of our time, while doing our part to invest in the necessities of the future.