June 21, 2018
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Officials elected at Clifton town meeting

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

CLIFTON, Maine — Nancy Hatch earned a seat on the Board of Selectmen on Saturday by barely beating out former Selectman Brian Melvin by six votes, according to unofficial election results provided by the town clerk.

Hatch took in 39 votes compared to Melvin’s 33.

Jessica Gray, the lone person running for the open SAD 63 board seat, earned 59 votes and will replace current school board member Christopher Fickett, who decided not to run. Both the school board and selectmen seats are three-year terms.

Residents at the annual town meeting passed all the warrant articles, and amended only one to increase the annual allocation to the civic center from $250 to $500.

The meeting was held Saturday afternoon after the local election polls closed that morning.

At the meeting, residents increased the amount town officials can spend to $4,500 on public works, health or sanitation accounts before needing bids or at least three cost estimates.

At the annual meeting, residents endorsed:

• Moving $190,000, a $5,000 increase over last year, from the unappropriated surplus account to reduce taxes.

• Moving $46,813 in state revenue sharing to reduce taxes. The revenue sharing amount is $14,808 less than last year, according to town figures.

• Municipal building expenses of $7,800, a decrease of $225.

• Administrative compensation and expenses of $83,470, decrease of $400.

• Town expenses totaling $28,997, a decrease of $2,912.

• Professional services of $14,750, a decrease of $3,650.

• Fire protection and streetlights, $23,500, unchanged.

• Waste disposal expenses of $60,825, a decrease of $6,575.

• General road maintenance, $46,000, unchanged.

• Winter road maintenance, $78,000, unchanged.

• Organizations, $7,465, an increase of $1,435.

• General assistance, $1,000, unchanged.

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