Asked why he is running for re-election as selectman and assessor, Peter Lammert said, “It’s part of this ongoing relationship of everything I’m involved with.”

Lammert serves the town as a selectman, assessor, tree warden, Village Cemetery sexton and site manager for the Owls Head, South Thomaston and Thomaston Cooperative Transfer Station. He also serves as the selectman representative on the transfer station board and volunteers on a number of town committees and boards. He has volunteered with both the fire and ambulance departments, the Aqua Maine advisory committee, the Thomaston Christmas Tree Lighting Committee and the Thomaston Fourth of July Committee. He serves as the town’s fireworks technician.

“There are all these things I haven’t finished yet,” he said of his reasons for running again. Among the things he would like to see completed he mentions the development of the Thomaston Green and various ongoing public works projects.

Residents will elect two selectmen for three-year terms in the June 14 election. Three are running for the two seats — Lammert, fellow incumbent Lee-Ann Upham and political newcomer Terry Colson Jr.

Lammert said he has the time to devote to the town. His only other hobby, he said, is beekeeping.

He has worked for the Maine Forest Service for 36 years.

Thomaston Green

Lammert favors the town’s investment in infrastructure for the Thomaston Green, paving the way for its development. He noted that the economy has slowed its progress.

He said the former prison property could eventually serve as a tremendous gateway presentation for those coming into Thomaston from the south.

Lammert said the developers should put a model home on the property so people could see if they were interested in buying one. He said people need to be able to “kick the tires.”

“In my old age I’m learning that patience is a virtue,” he said. “Not everything gets done in one day or two.”

Big box stores

Lammert said there is an industrial part of Thomaston separated from the village by 1,200 acres of cement plant property. Most people believe this industrial stretch is part of Rockland, he argued.

He said businesses have been located there forever. The candidate notes townspeople voted to allow stores up to a certain size and the town got Lowe’s. The selectman said Lowe’s brings in about $300,000 in tax revenue per year to the town and the town only responds to one or two fender-benders in the parking lot each year.

Lammert said Lowe’s has its own water tank and takes care of its own rubbish.

The candidate said that if Lowe’s was the experiment, it’s been a pretty good experiment.

He said the front of the proposed Walmart project may not be visible from Route 1.

“If it was a Target,” he said. “If it was not a Walmart, there would be less pressure on it.”

He said he is looking forward to the Comprehensive Economic Impact Study on the Walmart project, and he would read that before he would make a judgment on it. He said selectmen will not vote on the project.

Selectmen do decide on proposed ordinance changes that go to townspeople at town meetings, and those changes can impact business projects in the community.

New town office

Lammert said lack of parking is his biggest concern about the proposal to move the town office and police station out of their present locations on Main Street into either a building addition or to another location. Some of the plans the selectmen have been considering call for adding a parking lot behind Watts Hall to deal with the parking.

Lammert said he supports the concept of moving the town office and favors freeing up the storefronts in the Watts block for businesses. He said the vision of the Watts family was to have money from the storefronts pay to maintain the Watts block and the public uses of Watts Hall.

Lammert is a graduate of the University of Maine. He moved to the Midcoast in 1973.

Lammert received the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Person of the Year Award in 2010.

Residents will vote on the proposed budget during the annual town meeting 7 p.m., June 15 at the American Legion. The town election will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 14 at the American Legion.

Absentee ballots became available May 16.