HANCOCK, Maine — Residents approved a proposed land swap and an overall municipal operations budget of more than $1 million when they met Monday night for their annual town meeting.
The land swap will provide the town with a parcel of land between the town office and the Village Green, and the public with access to town-owned waterfront property on Youngs Bay. Also as part of the swap, a conservation easement was placed on the town’s waterfront property, and the boundaries of a piece of land owned by Hancock Homes, across Point Road from the town office, were changed slightly.
The swap was approved by an overwhelming voice vote, according to town officials.
Voters also approved an overall municipal operations budget of $1,027,840, according to local administrative assistant Stacey Clement. The town’s education expenses will be voted on at a later meeting, she said.
Residents also approved ordinance changes that will allow them to erect wind turbines, and a six-month moratorium on extracting groundwater and transporting it out of town.
In local elections, Selectman Peter Johnston and Ruth Franzius, a member of the planning board, were re-elected to their posts without any opposition. Some vacancies on the planning board were filled with write-in votes.
Ken Noddin got 36 write-in votes as a full member of the planning board, defeating 12 other write-in candidates. Out of 19 people who received write-in votes for two vacant associate planning board seats, Jill Gatcomb-Grant topped the field with 46 votes and Daniel Bossert won the other seat with 38 votes.
Local couple Rod and Ruth Franzius were honored at the meeting as Hancock’s 2008 Citizens of the Year. Rod Franzius is a former local deputy police officer and serves on the municipal planning board, budget committee and the Hancock County planning commission, according to the commendation printed in the town’s an-nual report. Ruth Franzius, besides being a member of the planning board, also is chairwoman of the municipal ordinance review committee.