New location for Stockton Springs town meeting

By Stephanie Grinnell | May 10, 2017

Town meeting this year will take place at the Town Office, downstairs, selectmen decided May 4. The date is June 17.

In past years, the annual municipal meeting has been held at Stockton Springs Elementary School, but because the June 17 date chosen at last year's town meeting is earlier than in years passed, the school already was booked and is not available.

Town Manager Courtney O'Donnell noted an average of 100 people have attended the annual meeting for the past decade and the downstairs room at the Town Office can hold up to 147 people in chairs and more than 200 if people are standing. There are few other options in Stockton Springs with enough space, she said, adding the next best location is to have town meeting in Searsport.

Selectman Peter Curley said he did not know why the date was set earlier but predicted high attendance this year.

"If it's crowded, it's crowded," he said. "We have to live with what we've got."

Prior to town meeting, there will be a public hearing on a waste water treatment plant feasibility study. Funding for the study is included in the town meeting warrant.

Two people have returned nomination papers for an available selectman's seat currently filled by Lesley Cosmano. Betsy Bradley and Cosmano both are seeking the position.

Current representative on Regional School Unit 20's Board of Directors Denise Dakin is the only candidate included on the ballot for that position. Long-time Fire Chief Vern Thompson also is not being challenged for re-election.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that funding for the wastewater study is included on the town meeting warrant.



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