The Candidates Forum

Held On April 18, 2010

Moderated By Donna Motta

Interviews with candidates for Water and Sewer Commission

Both candidates who are running for the office of Water and Sewer Commission were invited to participate in our forum.
Candidate JosephAlmeida accepted our invitation to participate in the forum.
Candidate Charles F. Fisher II did not attend.

Please click here for a copy of the invitation letter sent to all candidates, and a list of the rules of the forum.

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Introduction by Moderator Donna Motta

Question 1: Please state your name, address, and how long you have been a Somerset resident

Question 2 Why do you feel you are the best candidate for the Water and Sewer Commission?

Question 3: What specific skills and experience will you bring to the Water and Sewer Commission?

Question 4: What are the two most important issues facing the Somerset Water and Sewer Commission and how would you plan to deal with each of them?

Question 5: Name two things you would like to see the Water and Sewer Commission do differently?

Question 6: How would you rate the performance of the current Water and Sewer Commission?

Question 7: The cost of regular maintenance is an ongoing challenge. With specific building and/or equipment issues does the water and sewer department face in the near future and, given the current fiscal situation, what would be your solution to address these issues?

Question 8: Would you be in favor of implementing a sewerage usage fee at any time in the future?

Question 9: As an incumbent, what has been your biggest accomplishment as a Water and Sewer Commissioner? Or, if you are new to the office, what do you see as the most important issue you would like to address?

Question 10: The delivery system of water and sewer beneath our roadways is one of the most important aspects of the day to day operation of the water and sewer departments. Do you feel that the Water and Sewer Commissioners are doing everything possible to work with the highway department to insure proper street repair when there is a need to dig up our streets for water and sewer repairs, and what would you do to improve the situation?

Question 11 In closing, what else would you like to say to the voters and residents of Somerset?

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