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About 50 people attended Thursday’s Special Town Meeting. The Election Hall Annex was packed to capacity, and people lined the walls and entryway.

I looked back at my March column regarding Freedom’s regular town meeting, and see I also estimated about 50 people attended that regular meeting. I’m very proud that a special town meeting drew about the same attendance as a normal town meeting.

Given that only six people attended the related July 21 informational session, I think residents obviously and rapidly became interested in the three warrant articles — but particularly Freedom’s potential entrance into a broadband utility district.

This measure engendered the most discussion. After about 45 minutes of passionate but respectful discussion, residents overwhelmingly decided to join the utility district, joining Searsmont and Palermo residents who voted the same in their recent town meetings. Liberty also voted on July 28 with those results unknown to me as of this column’s submission, and the last town, Montville, will vote on Aug. 23.

The other two warrant articles overwhelmingly passed. Residents voted to make the town treasurer position appointed, and voted to adopt a climate change-centric resolution that would afford Freedom the opportunity to seek various grant source funding.

Thank you to all who came out!

Parenthetically, the American Legion will hold a fundraising “dine in or take out” barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon until supplies run out. The event is at 108 Windermere Lane, Unity, and each meal will be $12 for half a chicken, barbecue sauce, baked beans, a roll, chips, a dessert, and a beverage.