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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Down to wire for Nashua candidates

NASHUA – The city Board of Public Works has one of the few contested races on the election ballot Tuesday.

Three candidates are vying for two soon-to-open seats on the board that oversees the construction and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and sewers.

Incumbent Timothy Lavoie seeks re-election, but the other board member whose seat will expire this year, Donald Dyer, doesn’t want another term. Residents Kevin Moriarity and Ed Stebbins are also on the ballot. The two seats each have a four-year term.

Four elected members and the mayor comprise the Board of Public Works. (Mayor Donnalee Lozeau runs unopposed in seeking a second term as the city’s top executive.)

Daniel Gagnon and Tracy Pappas are the board’s other members.

The board oversees the overall direction and performance of the Public Works Division.

In a nutshell, the board controls the “construction, alteration, cleaning, watering and repair of streets, highways, bridges and sidewalks,” according to the city charter.

Members also direct any construction and care of public sewers and drains, the planting and care of trees on streets and public ways, and the location of utility lines and gas and water pipes.

Moriarty has been an appointed member of the city Board of Assessors since 1998, and ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 3 alderman seat two years ago. He is a chiropractor with an office in Nashua.

Stebbins ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 8 alderman seat in the last election. He works in sales.

The Telegraph asked the candidates if the Public Works Division can maintain quality service after suffering a 3 percent budget cut this fiscal year.

Lavoie, the vice chairman of the board, didn’t respond.

Moriarty responded that instead of further cuts or additional services, he would first evaluate the division for efficiencies.

Stebbins responded he would advocate maintaining the current level of service, and also review offerings in determining if any additional services should be included.

To read their answers in full and see the candidates’ biographies, visit

Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-6528 or Also, follow McKeon on Twitter (@Telegraph_AMcK).