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Town Meetings 2010
  • Published
    April 5, 2010

    Searsmont voters OK historical society building site

    Searsmont residents gave their blessing to a new building for the Searsmont Historical Society, elected a new selectman, bid farewell to a veteran of the Select Board, and appointed a lot of people to other boards with promises that they probably wouldn't be called upon to serve. In town elections, Christopher Staples was chosen as third selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor and road commissioner. Staples ...

  • Published
    March 30, 2010

    Troy approves smaller budget than last year

    Without any ordinances to approve or other big-ticket items to deal with, according to Town Clerk Sharon Moody, voters here focused on traditional town meeting topics — financial matters — during the annual town meeting held March 27. "It was all just straightforward budget items," said Moody of the meeting. Town officials had presented a municipal budget with a bottom line of $517,070, down $8,356 from last ...

  • Published
    March 30, 2010

    Social-service spending slashed in Waldo

    When times are tough and residents are struggling, is it more important to contribute to agencies that offer services they might need or to keep the mil rate down? That question was the subject of some debate at Waldo's annual town meeting March 27, and when it came to a vote residents clearly favored the latter. Of the $7,727 in requests for social service agencies on the warrant, only $350 was approved — $100 ...

  • Published
    March 29, 2010

    Unity voters reject wind moratorium

    Residents at the annual town meeting March 27 rejected a proposed six-month moratorium on wind turbine construction saying that it could adversely affect residents who would erect small windmills for domestic use. The language of the moratorium, which Selectwoman Maggie Wilcox said was written based on guidelines from Maine Municipal Association, would have prohibited "wind mill towers in excess of 35 feet in ...

  • Published
    March 29, 2010

    Liberty approves $251,920 budget; Stevens Pond swimming lessons to continue

    Whether to dedicate funds to provide children's swimming lessons and the manner in which funds are appropriated for social service agencies dominated discussion at the 2010 annual town meeting. About 60 people attended the meeting, which was held March 27 at Walker Memorial School. It lasted three hours, which is the shortest on record, according to Selectwoman Judith Fuller. After taking estimated revenues ...

  • Published
    March 29, 2010

    Wind ordinance passes, treasurer’s office changes hands in Montville

    Joining the ranks of other Waldo County towns that have already done so, voters approved a wind ordinance for their community during the annual town meeting March 27. In the just under three hours it took to complete the meeting (not counting the hour break for lunch), around 130 residents also had thorough discussions of several items, heard campaign appeals from a number of political candidates and decided to ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2010

    Burnham to draft wind ordinance

    Following in the footsteps of neighboring towns, Burnham residents voted at the annual town meeting March 20 to begin work on a wind energy ordinance. Social service agencies got a warmer reception this year than last, and the municipal building will get a new roof. Several other issues on the minds of townspeople didn't appear on the warrant, and though these couldn't be acted upon, it appeared that concerns ...

  • Published
    March 23, 2010

    Shute leads budget-cutting charge in Brooks

    Before Brooks residents began voting on budget questions at their annual town meeting March 20, they got some advice from a familiar figure in town politics. Raymond Shute, who has previously served as both a selectman and a school board member, told them that with the decrease in state aid to education, the $1,900 increase in the community's share of the county tax, and the proposed $40,000 increase in the ...

  • Published
    March 22, 2010

    Thorndike approves wind ordinance, dips into surplus

    Thorndike residents passed a restrictive wind energy ordinance with a sparse show of hands at the annual town meeting March 20. Residents also voted to draw on surplus to soften the blow of what Selectman James Bennett said could be a major tax increase. Like recently approved wind ordinances in Jackson and Dixmont, Thorndike's new wind ordinance imposes a mile setback from the nearest residence. Unlike ...

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Elections dominate Morrill town meeting

    Discussion of the election of municipal officers took up more than half of the annual town meeting March 20. The meeting, which began at 10 a.m., lasted about four and a half hours, including a one-hour break for lunch at the Morrill Community Center. About 55 people attended the first half of the meeting, with about half that number returning to wrap up the meeting after lunch. In total, residents approved a ...

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