April 22, 2018
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Perry voters to decide comprehensive plan issue

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

PERRY, Maine — A controversial comprehensive plan and various municipal elections will be on ballots in Washington County on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

At Perry, voters are taking a second look at a comprehensive plan that was amended after voters first struck it down in August.

Comprehensive plan committee member John Cook said the plan does a good job compiling the town’s background and statistics. “It has been a lengthy process,” he said Friday.

Some of the issues that have derailed the plan in the past, said Cook, include a perception that the plan attempts to industrialize Perry.

Other aspects of the plan involve a $1 million municipal pier and the hiring of a harbor master, using 75 percent of the town’s capital improvement budget to establish new growth areas, and the development of a rail corridor for the use of the Port of Eastport.

Cook said some residents have raised concerns that although the committee consisted of 20 community members, no communitywide visioning session was held and that the plan may not be completed enough for a final vote.

Cook said the plan updates the previous plan, which was created in 1993, and said such plans can be a great tool for guiding a town’s direction.

At Eastport, municipal elections will be part of the ballot.

Michael Cummings, Scott Emery and Kenneth Jones are vying for a three-year seat on the City Council. The winner will replace Councilor Earl Small.

Three people are running for two seats on the Eastport school board. They are Heinz Milenkovic and incumbents Shannon Emery and Margaret McGarvey.

Incumbent Jett Peterson is the only candidate for a four-year seat on the Port Authority Board.

Voting will be held at the Shead High School gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At Calais, eight positions will be filled, including the mayor’s seat and two City council seats.

The current mayor, Joseph Cassidy, is running unopposed.

Alan Dwelley, William W. Howard III, and incumbent Christopher A. Bernardini are seeking two seats on the City Council, each for a three-year term.

Louis Bernardini and William Condon are vying for a single two-year seat on the council.

Kathleen Caso is the only candidate on the ballot for two three-year terms on the Calais School Committee.

There are no candidates for the position of warden and ward clerk.

Voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Croix Fire Hall next to the municipal building.

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