Hudson Candidate Statement – Select Board – Scott Duplisea (Incumbent)


Hudson Candidate Statement – Select Board – Scott Duplisea (Incumbent)
Scott Duplisea

Please provide a brief biographical background on yourself. What should voters know about you?

I am a lifetime Hudson resident. I graduated from Hudson High School in 1978 and I’m married to Laura (Cardoso) Duplisea. My daughters Marisa and Alexa both grew up in Hudson and attended Hudson Public Schools. I am employed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation as a Metals Control Bridge Inspector. I was a four term (20 years) member of the Hudson Housing Authority being elected Chairman nine times and I am currently a three term (9 years) member of the Hudson Selectboard being elected Chairman three times. I was previously President of Hudson Youth Soccer and Vice President of Hudson Youth Softball. I was also a coach of both soccer and basketball at Hudson High School.

Why are you running?

I enjoy giving back to the town and community that has been so good to me and my family in all the years I have lived here. I believe through my experience and active participation as a Selectboard member and the other organizations I have mentioned previously that I offer the values of strong, positive leadership that emphasizes consensus building, transparency and collaboration. I would love to continue to serve in order to continue the success we have had as a town and meet the multiple challenges now and in the future. I will work together with my colleagues and residents to develop the solutions needed to continue to make the Town of Hudson a great place to live!!

One of the items on the ballot is a new operations facility for the Department of Public Works. What is your stance on a new facility and why?

The proposed DPW facility is much needed. The existing facilities are deficient from an operational perspective as the conditions are poor and do not provide adequate space for employees or vehicles. There are no locker room or restroom facilities for women in the employee breakroom and constant water infiltration has contributed to serious building issues including the structural integrity of the buildings. The need existed previously when the current Police/DPW building was built but has become more urgent since then. The proposal to consolidate new office space with operational areas is based on efficiencies gained with building systems (HVAC, electrical, plumbing etc.) proposed for construction. The existing DPW office space will be re-purposed for municipal use where most needed including expansion of the police facilities.

What are the three biggest issues facing Hudson?

1) Downtown parking

2)New Development

3)Water, Sewer and Stormwater

If elected, what would you do to address these issues?

1) The town recently awarded a contract to the consultant VHB Associates to update the downtown parking study. Work will include a comprehensive inventory of the downtown parking areas and regulations. Detailed surveys and interviews will be conducted to uncover challenges regarding parking availability. Public forums will be held to present information to the public and to gather input for the final recommendations for parking management strategies.

2) Redevelopment and new growth including the Intel site is enormously important for very clear reasons. Intel remains the largest tax paying entity in Hudson. The experience of last fall clearly demonstrates that the redevelopment of this industrially zoned site will need to take place in a more thoughtful and measured approach not just for abutters but for the entire town.

3) I will continue to work to ensure clean water for our residents and to comply with all DEP and EPA regulations and requirements in regard to water, sewer and storm water through research, grants and upgrades.

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