Orrington elects new town officials

Posted June 09, 2010, at 1:31 a.m.

ORRINGTON, Maine — Former Selectman James Goody is back on the board, and school board Chairman Kyle Casburn and resident Sherri Norwood earned enough votes during local elections Monday to take the two open seats on that panel, according to unofficial election results.

At Monday night’s annual town meeting, residents endorsed all of the warrant items with little debate, Town Clerk Susan Carson said Tuesday.

Goody, with 80 votes, beat out resident Carroll Adams, who tallied 69 votes, and incumbent Ralph Holmes, with 45 votes.

Casburn, with 124 votes, earned another term on the school board and will be joined by Norwood, who took in 103 votes. Former school board member Shawn Detour earned 64 votes.

Both the school board and the Board of Selectmen posts are for three years.

Residents at the annual meeting had few questions and quickly passed the town warrant, including the budget, Carson said.

“It was actually uneventful,” she said. “There were no issues. Everything passed.”

The 2010-11 figures show a combined total budget for Orrington of approximately $9.04 million, which includes a town budget figure of $2,409,536, an increase of $116,508; $369,000 for Penobscot County taxes, an approximate $14,000 increase; and $6,134,264 for the school budget, a decrease of $26,687.

The combined municipal and school budgets will be an increase of approximately $114,000, which is about a 2.3 percent increase, Town Manager Paul White said.

“There were a few questions about a couple items, but nothing argumentative,” he said Tuesday. “They understood it was basically a flat budget presented. There were no major concerns.”

In addition to the budget, residents updated the sewer ordinance and also changed the land use ordinance to require final plans presented to the planning board include printed and digital boundary surveys done using GPS.

Next Tuesday, June 15, residents will return to the polls to vote on two items — approving the school budget and deciding whether they want to continue the school budget validation process for another three years. Polls will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the town hall for the school budget validation vote.

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