June 24, 2018
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Medway residents OK town, school budgets

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MEDWAY, Maine — Running unopposed except for write-in candidates, Selectmen David Dickey and Jane McLaughlin and town school committee members Greg Stanley and Hope Boyd were re-elected by handy margins during a town meeting earlier this week.

Chairmen of their respective boards, Dickey and Stanley vied for the most votes among the 111 residents who voted in the election Tuesday, but lost to Boyd, who received 98. Stanley earned 95 votes and Dickey, 94, respectively, according to totals compiled by town office workers. McLaughlin received 67 votes.

Given that this small northern Penobscot County town off Interstate 95 and the Penobscot River has about 1,500 people according to the 2000 census, the turnout was not heavy, town Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said Friday.

“It was low,” Lee said. “That’s normal when there is only a municipal election.”

Among write-in candidates, Darrell Lyons received 11 votes, while James Lee, John Farrington, Joel Stanley, Ron Michaud, Owen McLauglin and Danny Rideout received one or two votes, respectively, as would-be selectmen.

Lee also received a write-in vote for the school board.

All terms were for three years.

Residents approved the town’s proposed $3.7 million municipal budget and $2.57 million school budget during a town meeting on Wednesday by overwhelming majorities in voice and counted votes. The school budget was approved 37-0.

Medway’s combined budgets for the fiscal year starting July 1 increased just $560.17, despite the education budget rising $17,042 over this year’s school budget.

The town’s municipal budget of $981,534 drops from the $1.1 million budget set for the current year. Selectmen cut two weeks from the recreation season, reduced the road-paving budget from $90,000 to $58,000 without eliminating paving projects, and limited expenditures, among other things.

The town will pave small sections of Nicatou Road and Tyler Street, all of Day Road and half of Old Main Road this year.

Selectmen also added or maintained funding for several essential services. That includes setting aside $15,000 in an economic development contingency fund and restoring a $15,000 contribution to the school system’s bus replacement program. Cut last year, the annual contribution will help prevent a tax increase caused by a new bus purchase.

The plow truck will cost no more than $34,000, and about $12,000 of that will come from a public works reserve account. Another $3,000 will buy a storage building for the Fire Department and $1,700 will upgrade electrical services at the Roy Powers Recreational Area off Route 157.

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