Hatfield voters approve $12M override to fund wastewater treatment plant upgrade

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Published: 5/18/2022 2:07:46 PM

Modified: 5/18/2022 2:06:00 PM

HATFIELD — A Hatfield native who campaigned on a platform of restoring programs at schools and confronting declining enrollment earned a seat on the School Committee at Tuesday’s town election.

Adam Sullivan, a pharmacist and father of two, defeated incumbent Danielle Elizabeth Stanisewski, 433-241.

Part of the debate between the candidates centered on mask mandates for schoolchildren, with Sullivan citing his support for policies supported by science, while Stanisewski made the case for the decisions to be left with parents.

“I want to thank all of you, and now we have three years of hard work in front of us,” Sullivan said in a video posted to his campaign Facebook page after the results were announced.

Voters also approved a $12.03 million Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override to cover costs of upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. That affirmative vote, 388-221, followed approval of the project by annual Town Meeting a week earlier.

In the other contested election with an incumbent against a challenger, Board of Health member Robert P. Osley defeated newcomer Timothy Joseph Menz, 349-272.

The final contest on the ballot was for a five-year Planning Board seat, between newcomers David Leon Bell Jr., whose 401 votes easily outpaced the 148 received by Virginia Martel.

Of the town’s approximately 2,600 voters, 652 cast ballots, for a turnout of 25%.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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