LOVELL – In a COVID-related twist on the traditional annual Town Meeting, voters here Saturday approved a $1.1 million municipal budget from their cars and trucks, listening to the proceedings on their radios.

Selectwoman Janice Arsenault said all 85 articles on the warrant were approved at the meeting as voters, parked at the recreation field on Smart Hill Road, listened from the comfort of their vehicles and then voted by raising either green or red paddles to signal their vote.

The $1.1 million budget was about $150,000 less than the previous year’s budget.

Among the larger items approved at the town meeting were $330,000 for various town charges,$139,000 for the maintenance of the town’s roads and bridges, and $110,000 for snow removal and care of winter roads.

Selectman Robert Drew, running unopposed for another term, was reelected to the board for another three-year term.


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