SAUGUS — A local environmental watchdog group released its election year survey asking Board of Selectmen candidates to offer views on green-oriented issues.
Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (SAVE) prepared its “environmental vision statements” including candidates’ views in advance of Wednesday’s candidates night scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
SAVE Secretary Pamela Goodwin, said in a statement all 12 selectmen candidates listed on the Nov. 5 ballot responded to the survey, although four — Paul Allan, Scott Brasiz, Jeffrey Cicolini, and Dominic Montano — informed SAVE they may be unable to attend the forum.
In his reply to SAVE’s query, Allan focused on recycling locally “to not only preserve natural resources but to also make a smaller footprint of energy that is required to produce our consumable goods.”
Brasiz, in his statement, said the town has received almost $800,000 in Green Community grant money. He said the town’s continued commitment to sewer repairs will eliminate waste discharges into the Saugus River.
Jeffrey V. Cicolini stated that he has set a personal example for green thinking by building a home with efficient appliances, water saving toilets, water heaters and furnaces.
“In 2015, upon being elected, I made the motion to reaffirm the board’s position statement preventing any further expansion of the ash landfills on Route 107,” he stated.
Anthony Cogliano lived as a boy on Venice Avenue abutting Rumney Marsh.
“I have a sincere appreciation for this Area of Critical Environmental
Concern,” Cogliano said, adding town officials need to have ongoing discussions with Saugus Wheelabrator officials.
In his SAVE statement, Michael Coller cited his experience on the Conservation Commission, adding: “My vision for our community is to protect and appreciate our resources though diligent litigious reviews and subsequent awareness campaigns generating interest in appreciating our environment.”
Jennifer E. D’Eon stated the town needs a comprehensive tree planting plan to expand on neighborhoods with abundant trees, including Golden Hills, Prankers Pond and Breakheart Reservation.
Christopher R. Jones told SAVE, if elected, he will meet with the Board of Health to gain their perspective on town environmental concerns.
“We need to preserve and protect our natural resources and reduce pollution for the health and safety of the community,” he stated.
Domenic Montano said Saugus needs to take a leadership role in
encouraging recycling, adding in his statement, “One thing I have noticed in my travels around town is that there are many homes that put out no recycling.”
Alberto Morgante responded to SAVE by stating that an across-the-board approach to environmental safeguards should be adhered to locally to “ensure that everyone is respecting the law.”
Debra C. Panetta told SAVE that her “environmental vision has been shaped by over three decades of involvement in the environmental affairs of Saugus, including her current status as president of the Saugus River Watershed Council and past-president and current member of SAVE.
Corinne R. Riley told SAVE her “environmental vision for Saugus is simple and practical.” She suggests hosting a “Recycling Day” (Nov. 15) in schools.
Michael J. Serino stated Saugus is fortunate to have valuable natural
resources including Rumney Marsh, Saugus River, Breakheart Reservation and Pranker’s Pond.
“I believe that early education is the key to protection of our environment for future generations.”