Guilford residents pay tribute to longtime meeting moderator

Posted March 16, 2010, at 10:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:03 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — Residents took time during the annual town meeting Monday to recognize a civic-minded local man.

Linwood Flanders, 87, who has served as the town’s moderator for special and town meetings for 50 years and who has missed only one meeting because of illness, was thanked for his service to the community. Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette presented Flanders with a framed certificate.

Also thanked for her service as a library trustee was Pat Littlefield, who chose not to seek re-election. Her vacancy was sought by Pat Harrington, Freda Gaw and Heidi Dow, and Dow was elected to the post. Residents also re-elected Barbara Reardon and Dodie Curtis to the library board.

In other elections, Kent Burdin and Rick Lander were re-elected as selectmen; Brad Dean and Chuck Martell were elected to the sanitary district board; and David Bridges to the SAD 4 board.

Residents voted to accept ownership of the Guilford Primary School when SAD 4 vacates it later this year. Goulette said town officials would look into either “mothballing” the building, selling it to a business that has a good business plan or leasing it. He said town officials have no intention of leasing the building at taxpayer expense.

Residents also gave town officials authority to apply for a housing grant.