All town meeting articles pass in Chesterville

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CHESTERVILLE — All town meeting articles passed Monday night with more than 50 voters conducting business, Town Clerk Patricia Gordon said Tuesday.

The 2010 budget is $602,417, $14,435 more than last year’s spending package.

Prior to the meeting, incumbent Selectman David Archer was re-elected to serve another three-year term as selectman. Newcomer Erin Dyar was also elected to serve a three-year term on the Mt. Blue Regional School District. Director Charisse Keach opted not to seek another term on the school board.

“The meeting went just fine,” Gordon said. “It lasted 2½ hours.”

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Voters approved spending $16,000 for a salt shed and $42,000 for work on Smith Road.

Townspeople also voted to adopt all amendments related to updating the town’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, Gordon said.

Voters decline to fund 2 agencies

TEMPLE — Incumbent Selectman Austin Foss and incumbent Road Commissioner Raymond Nile were both re-elected to serve another term Monday during the town meeting, Selectman Kathy Lynch said Tuesday.

Residents passed two articles for social agencies with zero money attached, she said. Franklin County Chamber of Commerce requested $250 and Community Concepts Inc. requested $1,160.

In both cases, there were discussions that failed to communicate the reasons why Temple should fund them, she said.

The town report was dedicated to the late Steve Bull, who had moderated town meetings for 20 years, she said. Bull died unexpectedly last spring.

State Rep. Tom Saviello brought a legislative sentiment to the meeting recognizing Bull that will be given to his wife, Leslie Bull, Lynch said.

Former Selectman George Andrews moderated the meeting and commented that townspeople missed Bull’s jokes, she said.

Voters opted to have selectmen appoint a committee on recycling in an effort to encourage and improve the town’s recycling performance, Lynch said.

The 2010 budget was set at $297,052.70 representing an $18,985 increase over last year. The majority of the increase is due to Franklin County government changing from a January-to-December budget year to a July-1-to-June 30 budget year in 2009, Lynch said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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