CANTON – As moderator Terry Hayes went through the warrant articles at Saturday’s annual town meeting, Budget Committee Chairwoman Jeannette Ouellette questioned the accuracy of almost every figure, several of which were revised as the articles came up for votes.

The Budget Committee had recommended no increase for general government compensation. The recommendation by the Board of Selectmen of $1,800 more included a 3 percent raise and passed 12-11.

A lower sum of $7,868 recommended by the Budget Committee for the Town Office was approved. This differed from the selectmen’s recommendation by $117.

Five other articles passed with the Budget Committee’s recommendation differing from the selectmen’s by a total of about $1,800.

The board added an additional $15,000 for highway, transfer station and fire reserve accounts, at $5,000 each.

Hayes informed townspeople that an article was missing from the warrant giving the town authority to exceed its spending cap as determined by state law. “I don’t know what the cap for Canton is, but you have just added $15,000 in reserve money and you need this article,” Hayes said.

Hayes crafted such an article to reflect giving authority to the town to exceed the spending cap and asked for a written ballot. She said she wasn’t sure how legal it would be as it was not posted in the warrant and the article may have to be revisited at a special town meeting. The article passed.

Before the meeting began, Town Administrator asked the gathering to remember Donald Adams, a longtime resident and former member of the Planning Board who had recently passed away.

Lacking names to vote on in Friday’s town election, voters wrote in and re-elected Jacqueline Conant as selectman with 52 votes. Jeannette Ouellette received 20 write-in votes.

Bernard Adams and Sue DeGroot were re-elected to the Planning Board. There were 28 write-ins for the Budget Committee and the top three were chosen. Kelly Cavanaugh received 10 votes; Norris Conant, 9; and Donald Hutchins, 4. Town Administrator Kathy Hutchins said she had spoken to all of the top write-ins and all have agreed to serve.


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