Cambridge voters elect officials, OK paving plan

Posted March 08, 2010, at 1:07 a.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Maine — Cambridge residents returned two selectmen to the board and elected a new candidate Saturday during the annual town meeting.

Ronald Strouse, William Digby and John Hoak were elected as first, second and third selectmen, assessors, and overseers of the poor, respectively.

Holly Gifford was elected to the SAD 4 board, Evelyn Farrar to the Hospital Administrative District 4 board, and Bernard Watson was elected as road commissioner.

About 75 residents attended the meeting, during which approval was given to selectmen to borrow up to $50,000 as the town’s match for a state or federal grant, if awarded, for the Cambridge Dam Restoration project.

A committee has been researching options for the town-owned dam, which is leaking and in need of costly repair.

In a related vote, residents approved raising $10,000 for a reserve account for the dam project, the funds of which will be used for further engineering and related work.

Another project that was approved for funding was the repair or upgrade of the town office building. Residents raised $8,000 for that purpose.

Residents also authorized up to $60,000 from the highway fund to pave a portion of Ham Hill Road and the town hall driveway.