LIVERMORE — The annual Town Meeting will be held by referendum vote Tuesday, April 26, at Spruce Mountain Primary School on Gibbs Mill Road. Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Selectpersons voted April 5, 2021, to change the month of the annual town meeting to coincide with the Regional School Unit 73 budget referendum vote.

A public hearing was held Tuesday, April 12, to review the 51 articles to be considered.

Administrative Assistant Aaron Miller noted there was a stipulation in the Limited Commercial Zoning Ordinance that would not allow a person to both buy a property and reside there. One of the amendments on the warrant seeks to change that. Another increases the limited commercial zone from 250 to 750 feet on both sides of the state Route 4 right-of-way.

“It gives the owner more options in developing property,” Miller said.

Regarding the $24,500 voters will be asked to raise for town cemeteries, Planning Board Chairman Jim Manter questioned if flags for veteran’s graves were included. There are more than 400 veteran’s graves, Manter noted. “Everything has gone up in terms of cost,” he said. Cost last year was $3.05 per flag, they are $2 more now, he added.

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“That is a significant bump,” Selectperson Brett Deyling said.

The town puts in $800 for flags under town charges, Miller said.

Another article seeks to appropriate $100,000 for the third installment towards the purchase of a firetruck, which was approved during a special town meeting held before the April 12 hearing.

Voters will also be asked to increase the town’s property tax levy limit as set by the state. According to the assessor the budget as presented would exceed the limit, Miller said.

Several town officials will also be elected on April 26. Town Clerk Renda Guild is unopposed for that position.

Incumbent Selectperson Mark Chretien is being challenged by Joshua Perkins for a three-year seat.

Incumbent Tracey Martin is not seeking reelection for a two-year seat. Jeremy Emerson is seeking that position.

Two seats on the Regional School Unit 73 Board of Directors are also to be decided. Tasha Perkins is seeking the seat currently held by Steven Langlin.

Nomination papers weren’t returned for the other seat. Incumbent John Johnson and Holly Morris are write-in candidates and the position would only be for one year at a time, Guild noted.


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