March town meetings to begin

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The first of the annual March town meetings in Franklin County will begin Saturday, March 6, with some towns holding elections Friday, March 5.

Two ordinance votes, contested selectmen’s race

WELD — Incumbent Selectman Nancy Stowell and Kelly Hutchinson are both seeking election to a selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor post held by Stowell.

Polls will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the town office.

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Seeking re-election in uncontested races are Nancy Pratt for a five-year term on the Planning Board, and Carol Cochran to the town clerk and tax collector position.

The town meeting follows at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the town hall.

Among the articles voters will be asked to consider are an amended Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and a new ordinance that would put a six-month moratorium on wind power generating facilities. During the moratorium, town officials and community members could establish an ordinance that would set guidelines on commercial wind farms.

Proposed budget down

NEW SHARON — Residents will consider a budget of $665,496 for 2010-11 on Saturday, March 6. The amount is $45,085 less than this year, said Board of Selectmen Chairman Maynard Webster said.

The town meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Cape Cod Hill School.

“Like all towns we’re trying to keep our budget as low as possible because we don’t know what’s going to happen with the state and (Regional School Unit 9) expenditures,” Webster said.

Nominations for officers will come from the floor. Incumbent Selectman Larry Donald is seeking re-election to a three-year term, Webster said. Incumbent Mt. Blue Regional School District Director William “Bill” Reid is also seeking re-election, Webster said.

Both incumbent Tax Collector and Town Clerk Rose Mary Eller and Treasurer Scott Pratt are seeking re-election to one year terms.

Alvin Harris is also seeking re-election to a five-year term as trustee of the New Sharon Water District.

Voters will also consider a revision to the town’s Site Plan Review Ordinance, Webster said.

Two vie for RSU 58 seat

EUSTIS — Regional School Unit 58 Director Sara Woods is being challenged by Sarah Strunk.

Voting for town and school candidates will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the town office.

Running uncontested for another three-year term is longtime Selectman John Caldwell, Town Clerk Kathy Fearon said.

There are three openings on the Planning Board that no one took out nomination papers for, she said. Those terms are each for three-years.

The town meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Community Building.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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