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April 8, 2013

Incumbent Johnson hopes to continue landfill, Patton projects

HAMILTON — Marc Johnson hopes to continue his work on the Board of Selectmen.

Johnson, 54, who has lived in town for 15 years, said he’d like to stay involved with closing the town’s landfill and plans for the Patton property, which was gifted to the town by the Patton family. He was elected to the board three years ago and spent seven years on the Planning Board.

There are a number of ideas for the Patton Property, including a bed-and-breakfast, playing fields, a public canoe and kayak launch, and opening the stables.

“I believe it can generate some positive revenue and not just cover costs,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the town has done a great job managing its expenses and now needs to “aggressively go after new revenue sources.”

He said there are several opportunities for such growth, including closing the town landfill and working with private firms to operate renewable energy facilities, such as a solar farm or anaerobic digester, which turns organic materials into renewable energy.

Johnson said he supports a proposal for the town to buy Aquila Farm, an 80-acre property off Bay Road, for $4 million. The town has the right of first refusal for the property.

“I think that could possibly be a very large source of revenue and could meet other objectives of the town, such as housing,” he said. There are a number of different options being looked at by a committee, he said.

“If we bought it, we would want to develop it very quickly,” he said. “We need to define the vision and issue a request for proposals.”



MARC JOHNSON Age: 54 Occupation: Owner of Texture Technologies, a high-tech instrument company Family: Wife, Yvonne van Bodengrazen; son, Alex, and daughter, Anneke Education: Bachelor's degree in economics from Hobart College, MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Political experience: Current selectman, Hamilton Planning Board for seven years

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