Meeting set to elect Sangerville selectman

Posted March 30, 2010, at 11:27 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — To correct an error that occurred at the annual town meeting, selectmen have scheduled a special town meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at the fire station.

During a special board meeting Tuesday, selectmen set the date to elect a selectman to fill the unexpired two-year term of Len Nilson, who resigned.

At Saturday’s town meeting, two positions on the Board of Selectmen were acted on. In the first race, Lance Burgess was elected over Charles Cleaves in a vote of 82-52.

For the seat held by Nilson, there was a three-way race and Tom Carone was declared the winner. He received 65 votes, Cleaves received 43 votes, and Brent Randall received 27 votes.

Since then, town officials learned that Maine law stipulates that in towns with a population of 4,000 and under, a winning candidate must receive a majority of the total votes cast. Carone received only a plurality of the votes in his contest.

Carone, who attended the special board meeting Tuesday, said, “The law is the law.” He encouraged town officials to make sure the oversight doesn’t occur in future elections.

Selectmen on Tuesday also elected Burgess as chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Patty Johnson as the general assistance representative, and Alvina Church as tax collector and treasurer.

Burgess said Tuesday he expects nominations to be taken from the floor in the selectman’s race at the special town meeting on April 10.

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