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|Flynn seeks re-election|
|Written by Susanna Sheehan|
|Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:11|
Selectman Ted Flynn announced this week that he will run for re-election next year.
Flynn, 70, of Stockade Path, is currently serving his first term as a selectmen. Town elections will take place March 22, 2014. Flynn said he wants to continue the work he’s started as a selectman and three years just isn’t enough to do that.
“I think I’ve done an effective job but there’s been a learning curve for me,” said Flynn. “I’d like to now put what I’ve learned to good use.
Flynn wants to help guide the town through what he sees as its largest upcoming challenge: paying for the large capital projects residents approved in recent years. These include the new middle and high schools, police station, crematory and fire station.
“We’ve got some fiscally huge projects coming up and we’ve got to pay for them,” Flynn said. “We’re going to have to be very creative in how we pay for them, and we need to be very focused in how we manage the debt service. We’re going to get hit with a big tax bill. We need to be very fiscally constrained and make every dollar count.”
Flynn also wants to continue to support a strong public safety effort in Duxbury. He wants the town to be completely ready during emergencies “with all the back-ups needed” and cited the new emergency mobile generator as a step in the right direction. But there’s more to do, he said, such as having generators for the town hall and creating a real emer- gency shelter in town instead of the warming center at the Senior Center. Flynn said he would like the new schools to be that emergency shelter.
Flynn also wants to be around to see the impact of the town's new facilities director. With 50 town buildings to oversee, facilities director Brian Cherry, who was hired in August, has a laundry list of projects and Flynn feel that that position will be instrumental in helping the town better manage its finances when it comes to its infrastructure.
Another of Flynn’s goals for his second term is to see changes made to the zoning bylaw. This is an issue he discussed during his campaign for selectman and one that he wants to see completed. Flynn was behind the idea to form a zoning bylaw review committee and he wants to see that project through to fruition now that a consultant has been hired to review the bylaw.
Flynn will have more time next year to devote to being a selectmen. He is retiring in January from his position as president of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants after 43 years on the job. Flynn plans to keep busy in retirement with his involvement on the board of directors of two local charities: the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and Old Colony Hospice.