April 22, 2018
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Brewer backs Bangor advisory panel

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — More than 70 percent of the residents who voted Tuesday said they want to create an advisory committee with Bangor to look into ways to save money.

City Councilor Joseph Ferris, who introduced the proposed joint Bangor-Brewer committee to the council in April, said he was pleased after the local results were read at Brewer Auditorium Tuesday night.

“I think that people understand it was worth looking at,” he said.

Residents in Brewer voted in support of creating the committee 2,197 to 892, according to unofficial tallies.

Bangor’s council voted 7-2 to approve its version of the resolve in April, which includes identifying $1.5 million in annual savings, with Councilors Pat Blanchette and Susan Hawes voting against it. Ferris’ friend Bangor City Councilor Richard Stone sponsored the Bangor version.

In addition to the local referendum, residents also selected two City Council members, two school board members and a district trustee.

Jerry Goss, with 2,156 votes and incumbent Larry Doughty, with 1,821 votes, earned seats on the council, beating out incumbent Gail Kelly, who took in 1,750 votes, and resident Patricia Preble, with 764 votes, according to unofficial tallies.

Doughty has served on the City Council since 1986, and Goss is chairman of the Brewer High School district trustees.

School board incumbent Amanda Bost, who has served two terms, and William “Bill” Birch, who is a sergeant in the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department, ran unopposed. Bost received 2,737 votes and Birch earned 2,412.

Both the council and school board seats are for three-year terms.

Brewer High School district trustee incumbent Albert “Al” Gibson, the lone candidate for a five-year term on that panel, took in 3,186 votes.

Brewer City Clerk Howard Kroll said 4,031 voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

“We had 54 percent voter turnout,” he said.

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