Chelmsford Patch invited Board of Selectmen candidate Roland Van Liew for a lunchtime live chat yesterday.
In case you missed it, here are the policy highlights and results of our in-chat polls below,
We'll be talking with our next candidate, Bob Joyce, Friday, March 8 (tomorrow) at noon.Who Will Get Your Two Votes for Selectman?
(First Choice Second Choice Total* )
Pat Maloney 31% 50% 40.5%
Matt Hanson 38% 30% 34%
Janet Askenburg 19% 20% 19.5%
Roland Van Liew 13% 0% 7.5%
Bob Joyce 0% 0% 0%
*- sum of both columns, divided by 2.
Poll not scientific
Van Liew considers classification as irrelevant, seeing it as a litmus test for the Chelmsford Business Association's endorsement of candidates.
Solar Farm on Swain Road
Van Liew has mixed feelings, wanting to support the solar industry, but concerned about environmental issues in the area.
New Dog Parks
Van Liew supports them, but only in locations where they would not negatively impact abutting residents.
Attending Community Events
Van Liew sees attending community events as an elected official as something that would need to be assessed on a case by case basis.
Off-Site Liquor Licenses for Non-Liquor Stores
Van Liew generally supports licenses.
Van Liew would need to see documentation before believing private investors would invest in the turf fields at the McCarthy School and Chelmsford High. He's also urged caution over the spending of public funds.
Open Space and Growth
Van Liew believes the town seeks to maximize revenue from selling off open space and wants to conserve it.
He also seeks growth as a regional, as well as local issue along with other issues such as affordable housing.