CHARLESTON, Maine — The proposed purchase of a new firetruck apparently drew some of the approximately 100 residents who attended Saturday’s annual town meeting.
Firefighters had requested to spend $250,000, of which $182,000 would be borrowed for a new firetruck. After a lengthy discussion, residents supported the new truck but reduced the amount to $200,000, of which $68,000 would be taken out of reserve and $132,000 would be borrowed, according to Terri Hall, outgoing selectwoman.
Hall said she chose not to seek re-election after 21 years on the Board of Selectmen. In her stead, voters elected Richard Goodwin.
“The budget committee prior to town meeting had really cut the budget hard, they really streamlined it,” Hall said.
While residents approved most of the articles as proposed, they did reduce administration by $10,000. The funds were requested to upgrade the town office computer system and for new programming, Hall said.