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Newly elected Conlon looks to financial planning for Milton

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  May 1, 2013 04:16 PM

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Kathleen “Katie” Conlon’s landslide victory unseating Milton selectman Robert Sweeney came as a surprise to her, she said Wednesday.

Conlon received 4,086 votes to Sweeney’s 2,846 in Tuesday’s town elections.

“We thought we could be competitive and had a shot at winning,” Conlon said Wednesday. “It was a good result.”

Conlon will be sworn in Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall. Her first selectmen meeting will be Thursday.

“I’m looking forward to working with Tom Hurley and Denis Keohane,” Conlon said, naming the other selectmen. “I’m going to try to focus on some of the things I spoke about during the campaign, such as strategic financial planning.”

For the upcoming Town Meeting, which will take place Monday, Conlon said she hoped funding for the Master Plan process would be approved.

She said she also supported the East Milton Square improvement project, which would build a park and additional parking in that area of town, and for funding a housing production plan that could help fund off 40B developments in town.

“There are several 40Bs we need to deal with and we’ll be talking about that,” Conlon said. “If not tomorrow night, then we’ll discuss them in the next coming meetings.”

Conlon also hopes to reach out to other boards, including the Planning Board, to work collaboratively on town issues, she said.

Former selectman Sweeney could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Selectman Hurley said he looked forward to working with Conlon and said he appreciated working with Sweeney.

“Bob certainly had some positive things to add to the board; he cares a lot about the town of Milton,” Hurley said. “I think he did a good job overall.”

Hurley added he was surprised Conlon won by such a wide margin and speculated that the firing of former Town Administrator Kevin Mearn could have been a factor.

Conlon said she appreciated Sweeney’s long service to the town as a School Committee member, selectman, and the other volunteer positions he has held.

“I thank him for his service to the town and hope he’ll continue to serve in other ways as he’s done with the hockey and skating programs,” Conlon said.

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