Lovell chooses town officials


LOVELL — About 150 residents showed up at the town hall Saturday to act on 91 articles on the annual town meeting warrant.

Janice Arsenault, the town’s tax collector, said Monday that John “Turf” Ramsden won a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. Ramsden received 75 votes, while incumbent Charlie Fowlie received 62. Fowlie came to the board after Rick Eastman’s resignation in August.

Walter Grzyb was re-elected to a five-year term on the Planning Board. Ron Masse was named first associate to the Planning Board, and Joel Hardman was chosen as second associate.

Voters also chose Scott Gardiner and Scott Thomas to fill two seven-year openings on the Budget Committee. Ali Foster was also named to the committee to fill the remainder of a three-year term. Martha Armington was elected to serve a one-year term on the school board, and Robert Steller was elected to a one-year alternate position on the board.

Arsenault said the meeting ran for about three-and-a-half hours.

Approved was $244,000 for town charges, $133,225 for the operation of waste facilities, $10,521 for Stoneham Rescue, and $10,500 for the Lovell Athletic Field Account. Voters also appropriated $48,500 for the fire protection operating account of the Lovell Volunteer Fire Company, $24,000 to the fire company for a capital fund in anticipation of needed fire equipment, and $10,000 for a fund to purchase a new firetruck.

Residents agreed to act on three articles that were received after selectmen set a deadline for requests. Voters agreed to raise $1,500 for the Kezar Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club and $500 for Western Maine Transportation Services, but voted 37-21 against raising $200 for the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

Arsenault said a Lovell Friends Helping Friends heating assistance fund had already been established, but appeared again on the warrant for approval. She said the item lets residents know that the fund exists. It allows the selectmen to accept and disburse donations and determine the eligibility for such assistance.

“That was in last year and it passed,” Arsenault said. “We have to put it in every year.”

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