January 24 2017
Selectmen Daniel Grattan Announces He Won't Run for Reelection
By: Rich Hosford
After this spring’s Annual Town Election one thing is sure, there will be a new face on the Board of Selectmen.
Selectman Daniel Grattan, who is currently the board chair, announced this week that he will not be seeking reelection. Grattan was first elected to the board in 2011 and this year will be wrapping up his second term.
“It’s the old cliche that I want to spend more time with my family,” Grattan said in an interview with BNEWS. “Things have gotten busy on the homefront and things have gotten busier for me at work. I need to meet the needs of family and work and I couldn’t do it all and do a good job on the Board of Selectmen.”
Grattan said that while his priorities are clear and with his family, it was still a difficult choice to not seek a third term.
“I’m going to miss it,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed serving in that capacity.”
When asked about accomplishment he and his fellow selectmen have had during his tenure that he is proud of he mentioned, among others, the formation of the audit committee to get the town financial processes in order.
“Whether its government or business when auditors review the books and procedures they might find problems of various types that need to be addressed,” he said. “There had been some findings in the report in 2013 or so, a number of things that hadn’t been addressed in a couple of years. We got people together with backgrounds in finance that would help oversee the process and each year the financial report has gotten better.”
He also said he was proud of how the board was able to bring people of both sides of a contentious issue together during the debates over bow hunting in the Landlocked Forest.
When asked what he thought was a pressing issue for the town to face in the new year, he said the first thing that came to his mind was a need to address some town facility needs.
“First is the Department of Public Works facilities, that’s probably the biggest thing right now. We need better facilities for the workers and the equipment. A lot of stuff is stored either outdoors or in substandard conditions.”
He also said the town needs to continue work to address facility and space needs for departments such as Recreation and the Council on Aging.
We also asked if he was going to stay involved with town politics.
“In different ways,” he said. “I’ll probably be getting a little more involved in Boy Scouts right now.”
Finally, he said he was proud of the work done during his tenure on the board.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I like where things are now. I think we did some good work over the last six years.”
Feeling pretty good. I like where things are now. I think we did some good work over the last six year. budget process has gone smoothly.