Andy Mikell and Kermit LaClair
can each claim deep roots in Williston.
Mikell grew up in town and moved back in 1987 following graduation from law school, while LaClair
has lived in Williston for more than 40 years.
Mikell and LaClair
are running against each other for an open Selectboard seat on the March 1 ballot.
...LaClair, the Williston School District's buildings and grounds supervisor, is the acting town constable, which requires him to serve court papers occasionally.LaClair
is a Republican.
believes the building should be used instead of demolished.
, who lives on farmland off Vermont Route 2A in the district, worries that the existing regulations and proposed permanent rules will severely limit the ability of landowners to build on their property.
"We're getting out of control on the controls," LaClair
said."We shouldn't take away people's rights." LaClair
also said the Selectboard made a mistake last month when it voted 5-0 to approve providing $147,300 in funding to help the Chittenden Country Transportation Authority continue a bus line that travels through town.
said too few Williston residents use the bus lines to justify the cost. LaClair
wants to add some diversity to the Selectboard.He
is not referring to political diversity, though, if elected, he
would be the only Republican on the board.He
instead means a diversity of work experience. He
spent years constructing roads and buildings in the U.S. Air Force
said that experience would benefit the board and give it a different perspective as it considers development issues.
, meanwhile, simply believes the Circ should be built as soon as possible.In fact, he
said the Circ should have been built 20 years ago.He
said an alternative proposal recently floated by a coalition of environmental groups that would include installing a series of roundabouts along Route 2A is not a practical solution.