Two vie for seat vacated by Flagg


LIVERMORE FALLS – Voters next month will decide between two residents to serve out the remaining 2 years on former Selectmen Russell Flagg’s term.

Flagg resigned late last year to pursue new business opportunities.

Candidates vying for the position are construction contractor and former Selectman Bernal Lake and retired chiropractor David Lemire.

The special election is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the town office polls.

Town Manager Martin Puckett discussed budget guidelines Monday and a referendum time frame, if selectmen decide to take the town meeting warrant to vote at the polls rather than the traditional open meeting.

Selectmen decided to have their board and the Budget Committee hear from department heads together on proposed budgets but to have each panel determine recommendation on its own.

Both recommendations would appear on the warrant for each budget.

If the 2007-08 municipal budget went to referendum the budget articles would need to be ready by April 28 so absentee ballots would be available May 13, 30 days before the vote. A public hearing would be held on June 4 and the referendum on June 12, Puckett said.

More voters opted to stick with an open-style town meeting vote instead of moving to a referendum vote on the annual budget during a straw vote conducted at the polls a few years ago.

In other business Monday, selectmen directed Puckett to ask the company responsible for delivering heating fuel to town buildings to deliver it in a timely manner rather than waiting for fuel tanks to register empty or run out of fuel, Puckett said Tuesday.

The library and fire station tanks recently registered empty but did not run out of fuel, Puckett said. The town office did run out of fuel in November, he said.

Selectmen also set the date of town foreclosure on property with liens on them for 2005 taxes for Friday, Feb. 23.