May 27, 2018
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Hermon voters opt to move Soldier’s Monument

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Residents elected two town councilors and two school committee members during local elections Tuesday. They also decided where the town’s Soldier’s Monument should sit, took a stand on recycling and handled school-related business.

Voters re-elected Timothy McCluskey and elected Sharon Nickerson to the Town Council, according to election results provided by Town Clerk Carol Davis. McCluskey received 661 votes and Nickerson had 656 votes for the seats, both of which are for three years,

The two other council hopefuls were William “Bill” Scott, who received 553 votes, and Karen Horn, who got 442 votes.

Residents also re-elected John Snyer to the school committee and picked Ron Sherman for the second opening. Snyer received 544 votes and Sherman had the highest number of votes at 617. A third candidate, Kimberly Prouty, had 476 votes.

In local referendum action, residents voted 610-526 to move the Soldier’s Monument rather than keep it at the intersection of Billings Road and Route 2.

Town Manager Clinton Deschene said Tuesday that monument relocation project will cost about $5,000 — more if the town decides to landscape the monument’s new home in the Veterans Memorial Park the town is developing in front of Hermon Elementary School.

Though controversial, Deschene said, the decision to move the monument from the spot it has occupied since the early 1900s will help simplify planned improvements at the intersections.

In a nonbinding vote, residents voted 708-434 against pursuing curbside single-stream recycling next year at a cost of up to $55,000.

Residents also voted 910-205 to adopt the $11.6 million school budget they passed last week and decided that they want to continue the school budget validation process for another three years in a 836-375 vote.

Next up is the annual town meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. today at the Hermon High School auditorium. Among the business residents will address is the proposed $4.4 million budget plan for municipal operations in the coming fiscal year.

Deschene said the proposed budget, along with the school budget, will result in a projected tax rate of $12 per $1,000 in property valuation, up about 8 percent from this year’s $11 per $1,000.

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