Why am I running for the two-year term on the Wilmington Selectboard? Good question.
I have been coming to the Deerfield Valley since 1958, first for the skiing and later for all four seasons. After years of using the family A-frame and dreading the Sunday drive back to Connecticut and the New York City commute, Kathryn and I bought our home on Lisle Hill and moved here full time in 2003. And as they say, we never looked back! But I do have concerns for our town.
The devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011 could have destroyed not just our buildings but also our spirits. But Wilmington is amazing!
Residents, second-home owners, visitors, and volunteers worked tirelessly to clean up and fix the fixable, to raise funds to help businesses and others in need, to plan for short- and long-term projects, and to review old studies and develop new ones. We are getting close, but the time to act is now. The time to work together is now.
Strong economic development is critical to have a growing Wilmington. The revenue from the 1% option tax will help in funding this growth. We need businesses offering well-paying jobs. We need broadband Internet service for the town and complete cell phone coverage. We need a vital and vibrant downtown Wilmington for dining, shopping, lodging, entertaining, and enjoying.
I think my background in financial services would be an asset to the selectboard. My profession for over 40 years has been the municipal bond market, in sales, underwriting and management. I have knowledge of municipal finance. In 2006 I retired from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in New York City.
Locally, I have worked for Equipe Sport/Upland Outfitters since retiring, focusing on skiing, fly fishing, and upland hunting.
My primary volunteer commitment for the past six years is to Deerfield Valley Rescue as an EMT B with close to 1,000 hours of service per year. I am currently a member of the DVR Board of Directors. In addition, I served as treasurer of the Wilmington Congregational Church, and am now treasurer of the West Dover Congregational Church.
I am committed to working hard for Wilmington. I feel my financial background will be an important asset to the selectboard.
Miller P. Longbotham