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Town Meetings 2010
  • Published
    March 16, 2010

    Firefighting funds take center stage in Belmont

    Debate and discussion about what kind of fire truck the town should buy, how the purchase should be paid for and how emergency personnel should be compensated for their required training dominated the annual town meeting here March 15. Most of the debate and discussion centered around article 14 on the warrant, which asked for a total budget of nearly $72,000 for public safety accounts. More than one third of ...

  • Published
    March 15, 2010

    Palermo approves $617,000 budget, help for student trip

    Residents breezed through all 35 warrant articles at the 2010 town meeting, which town officials said was sparsely attended compared to past years. Selectwoman Sophie Glidden attributed the low attendance to the fact there were no controversial questions facing voters this year and the budget was proposed to remain about the same. Town Clerk Sheila McCarty also reported the lowest municipal election turnout in ...

  • Published
    March 15, 2010

    Freedom to get books in order

    Freedom residents set aside $17,000 at their annual town meeting March 13 to work on audits dating to 2006. The town had fallen behind on its audits in recent years, but the accounting gap became especially evident in 2009 as residents tried to calculate the potential costs and benefits of a new, $10 million wind turbine development. The two warrant articles devoted to the issue singled out the 2006 and 2007 ...

  • Published
    March 10, 2010

    Searsport names Charlene Farris ‘official historian’

    After nearly a quarter-century of being known as the town's "unofficial" historian, Charlene Knox Farris got a promotion Saturday. At the start of the town's annual meeting that day, Town Manager James Gillway announced that Farris had been named the first-ever "Official Historian of Searsport." Gillway and Selectman Aaron Fethke presented Farris with a clock to recognize her appointment. Farris thanked town ...

  • Published
    March 9, 2010

    Swanville residents reject idea of hiring a town administrator

    By a three-to-one margin, voters here rejected a poll question March 8 asking if they wanted to hire a town administrator. While 31 people were in favor of hiring a town administrator, 93 were opposed to the idea. As Selectman Brian Thompson had explained previously, the issue was placed on the ballot by selectmen after they had heard from some people in town who were interested in seeing Swanville hire a ...

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