HARRISON – Voters will decide on 55 articles next week at the town elections and annual town meeting.

On Tuesday, voters will elect two selectmen, two Planning Board members, one Appeals Board member and two SAD 17 directors. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Office.

Chairman Scott C. Andrews and Vice Chairman Lisa R. Villa are running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Andrews has been on the board for six years and Villa for three years.

Challenging them is William F. Winslow, who serves on the town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, Mooring Committee and Planning Board. Town Clerk Judy Colburn said Colleen R. Densmore has withdrawn from the race, but her name will still appear on the ballot because it was too late to print new ones.

Shirley L. Davis, Claudia D. Hodgson and Kevin R. LaPlante are running for two open seats on the Planning Board. Mary Ann Crowell is running unopposed for the Appeals Board. No candidates are listed for either SAD 17 director position, one of which is for three years and the other for one year.

The town meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison Elementary School. Residents will vote on whether to accept a new comprehensive plan and emergency management ordinance, as well as amendments to the shoreland zoning ordinance, site plan review ordinance, mooring ordinance, and Bear River aquifer ordinance.

Voters will also decide whether to take up to $25,000 from the undesignated fund to have the fire department purchase a dedicated radio frequency, as well as whether the fire department should use up to $5,000 to install an antenna at the Cumberland County Communications Center to support a local communications system.

The Budget Committee has recommended that some items not be funded this year. These include a resident deputy, which had requested $85,297.66, and outside agencies such as the American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters, which had requested a total of $21,755.

Selectmen have also recommended that no funds be appropriated for the harbor master. However, this position will be funded by $14,000 that will be carried over to the next fiscal year.


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