May 25, 2018
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Abbot OKs addition to municipal building

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

ABBOT, Maine — Realizing that more space was needed for municipal functions, residents voted Monday to spend up to $95,000 for an addition to the municipal building.

Although there was some concern about using the town’s woodlot account to pay for the 28-by-30-foot addition, the approximately 75 residents at the annual town meeting ultimately approved the use of the funds.

“It was a general, good, positive discussion,” Selectman Jan Ronco said Tuesday of the action at the meeting.

Residents neither approved a proposed increase in the administration account of 5 percent nor wanted the trash bag fee to increase from 50 cents to $1 to help cover solid waste expenses.

They also were selective in funding social service agencies this year. Voters denied requests of $500 from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, $200 from Womancare, $100 from the Kennebec Valley Action Program, $1,000 from United Cerebral Palsy and $200 from the Pine Tree chapter of the American Red Cross. They did, however, support requests from Pine Tree Hospice of $200 and the JD Foundation of $250. The service agency Penquis also was funded, but residents approved only $500 of the requested $1,483.

Approval was given to raise and appropriate $5,000 for new playground equipment and $1,200 for an Abbot Family Fun Day to be held July 17.

Lorraine Leeman was returned as town clerk and tax collector; Heather Weymouth was elected treasurer and Hospital Administrative District 4 director; Matthew St. Laurent was seated as selectman; and Pat Ladd was elected to the SAD 4 board.

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