Thorndike residents made short work of a 42-article warrant March 17, breezing through all items in about 90 minutes.

In addition to the usual budget lines, residents also approved spending nearly $45,000 in surplus funds to pay off the balance of a 2017 paving bond. During town meeting last year, residents engaged in a lengthy discussion of roads and agreed to spend a chunk of money on paving. This year, in addition to the $45,000 in surplus funds, voters approved an annual payment toward road paving indebtedness of $195,655.

Summer and winter road maintenance, at a combined cost of $232,500, also passed, as did $21,240 to pave the fire department parking lot. According to the letter from selectmen in the annual report, no major road work is planned for 2018.

"As authorized at the annual town meeting, we rebuilt and repaved the main section of the Dolloff Road and the triangle section of the Town Farm and Bailey roads. We addressed the poor condition of the highly used portion of the Leonard Road by turning it back to gravel and raising the road bed to improve drainage," selectmen wrote. "Significant brush trimming was done on the Palmer and Reynolds roads. … We are not proposing any major road projects this year."

When it came to funding social service agencies, voters followed budget committee recommendations. The Game Loft requested $200 from the town but was approved to receive $300. Two — American Red Cross and the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry — received the amounts requested, $150 and $500, respectively. Knox Booster Club and Dorothy Quimby Library did not submit dollar amount requests but each received town funds. Four agencies received less money than requested — Spectrum Generations will receive $100 after requesting $200; New Hope for Women was recommended to get $500 when it requested $650; Waldo Community Action Partners is slated to receive $650 of its $3,440 request; and Broadreach was not given any money following a $200 request.

Voters supported a new Fire Department billing ordinance. The ordinance allows the town to seek payment for Fire Department services, including scene and safety control at traffic accidents; extrication from vehicles, equipment or structures; fluid or other hazard mitigation operations; structure, equipment or vehicle fires, including any preventative measures; and emergency medical service personnel and LifeFlight assistance. The Board of Selectmen will determine the fees for each type of service on an annual basis, according to the ordinance, and is authorized to write off claims when presented with a written request outlining extenuating circumstances.

All three selectmen — Larry Ward, Robert Carter and Larry Hustus —were re-elected to their positions. The warrant also included election of a Regional School Unit 3 director, but that item was amended and removed because Jesse Hargrove was re-elected to a three-year term in 2017.