Adam Teller, a longtime member of Bolton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, was unanimously elected chairman of the commission two years ago. He’s up for reelection this year. Recently, we asked Adam to answer a few of our questions. Here’s what he had to say.
How many years have you lived in Bolton?
All together, about 30 years—10 years before going away to college, and then I moved back to town 20 years ago.
What town groups or activities have you been involved in?
I have been a board member and president of the HCA Montessori School; a member and chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission; member of the Bolton Land Trust; member, vice chair, and former chair of the Democratic Town Committee.
I graduated from BHS, where I played soccer and baseball, and my kids have participated in rec baseball, soccer, and softball and both graduated from BHS, where they played baseball and volleyball.
What do you think is the biggest single issue facing the town?
Providing good town services, facilities, and quality of life with the resources we have.
How do you think your life experience will help you serve the town?
I have an engineering background, but my professional life has been as an attorney helping individuals and small businesses, usually in finding solutions to their conflicts with each other or with larger entities or the government. I’ve been a partner in a small business and known what it is to find health insurance for employees and still meet a payroll. I’ve raised children and been part of a large and varied family.
In both my personal and professional life, I’ve learned the value of integrity and justice, but also patience, kindness, and compassion. I think my life experiences have given me analytical and personal skills to learn about problems, identify and test possible solutions, and gather people toward those solutions while not losing touch with the values that (I hope) we share as a community.
What do you love most about Bolton?
I love that Bolton is a place where parents know their children’s friends and those friends’ parents and grandparents, and people still try to be welcoming and accepting of each other. I also like that Bolton still has a connection to the natural world.