JAY — Residents on Tuesday elected Lee Ann Dalessandro as selectperson to fill a one-year term in the town’s only contested race.

Voters also approved a $5.28 million spending plan for 2021-22 and passed all articles on the warrant.

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Dalessandro received 140 votes to Randy Richards’ 112 votes, Town Clerk Ronda Palmer said.

Selectpersons Terry Bergeron and Tom Goding who were unchallenged were reelected with 249 votes and 226 votes,  respectively.

Regional School Unit 73 Directors Joel Pike and Mike Morrell were reelected to three-year terms with 216 votes for Pike and 195 cast for Morrell. Both had no opposition and will serve three more years.

The budget proposal is $12,800 less than for 2020-21. After factoring in an estimated $2 million in revenue, the net municipal budget is about $3.21 million. It represents a decrease of $7,274, or 0.22%, from this fiscal year, which ends June 30. This does not include the town’s share of the Regional School Unit 73 or Franklin County budgets, which have not been set.


The spending plan includes an $8,660 increase in the town government line, which in part reflects a part-time office worker going to full-time and adding janitorial work to her duties. Previously, an outside contractor was hired to do custodian work at the municipal building.

The $264,100 Fire Rescue Department budget represents a $23,180 increase with most of it due to adding $20,800 for an on-call program to ensure two firefighters are available during weekdays during the day. There is also an increase of 15 cents an hour to base pay attributed to an increase in the minimum wage on Jan. 1.

The closest vote on budget articles was the curbside collection request to raise and appropriate $145,600, which was approved by a vote of 190-82, Palmer said.

George Merrill who was uncontested for another three-year term as a trustee on the Jay Village Water District received 58 votes. Warren Bryant received eight write-in votes for a three-year trustee position on the North Jay Water District. Only those residents who live in respective water districts can cast ballots for trustees. The districts are not part of town government.

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