A close race for town road commissioner preceded a relatively drama-free town meeting as voters approved most of town officials' budget recommendations without changes.

In elections March 30, Shawn Stone narrowly ousted Earl Anderson Jr. in a two-way contest for town road commissioner, 112 to 107.

Stone, a local contractor who will be serving his first term as road commissioner, said he ran because residents were asking him to do it.

The position has been contentious in the past. At last year's town meeting, a group of residents accused then-Road Commissioner Randy Baker of skipping the meeting to avoid being taken to task for his work; others said he was simply plowing. Baker resigned last year in the middle of his term and Anderson was appointed to the post.

Friday's election, which included members of families with a longstanding feud, might have stirred an already simmering pot, but Stone said he wasn't interested in revisiting past sleights.

"I hope all that's behind us," he said. "I hope it's all for the better now. Go ahead with a positive attitude about it."

Anderson declined to comment on the election.

Selectman Steven Imondi, Planning Board member Pamela Peck and Emergency Management Director Sonny Albert Colson were re-elected in uncontested races.

At the town meeting March 31, residents sailed through a 51-article warrant with only minor amendments.

The town last year sold its traditional meeting venue, Frankfort Elementary School, to an assisted living residence developer, who has said the gymnasium might remain available to the town. However, ongoing renovations ruled it out this year, and the annual meeting was held at Samuel L. Wagner Middle School in Winterport.

Voters approved five social service organizations for $7,033 of funding, or 80 percent of their total requests.The budget committee and selectmen both recommended giving 50 percent, but voters went higher with little resistance after several residents raised concerns that federal funding for needed social services could be cut by the new administration.

Residents gave the town's two fire departments equal funding, narrowly rejecting a budget committee recommendation to give West Frankfort Fire Department $3,000 less on grounds that it had left that much unspent in past years.

Those who agreed with the committee tried to move the question to a written ballot, but only after an aborted show of hands in which supporters of equal funding appeared to have an edge. The motion for a written ballot failed and the article to give both departments $18,000 passed by an identical show of hands.

Voters also approved buying roughly 31 acres from Anthony and Pamela Glidden at $800 per acre, at a total cost of roughly $28,000. The land and a right of way passes partially through town ball fields, and several speakers said the town could end up in a lawsuit if the Gliddens decided to develop it. Selectmen said they will try to sell the unneeded portion to abutters.