Steuben, Harrington, Addison town meetings set in Washington County

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff
Posted March 06, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.

STEUBEN, Maine — The annual town meeting at Steuben has been set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, with voting taking place earlier in the week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 7.

The meeting will be held at the Steuben gymnasium and all-purpose building. Voting will take place at the town office.

Incumbent Leonard Garnett is being challenged by Christopher Bell for a three-year selectman’s seat, while incumbent Ann Briggs is running unchallenged for a three-year term on the Board of Overseers. There are no candidates for the Board of Assessors or the local school committee, according to Town Clerk Julie Ginn.

The 39-article warrant is pretty much business as usual with the exception of a $20,000 Jaws of Life extrication device for the Steuben Volunteer Fire Department. In other actions, the selectmen are recommending raising $198,000 from property taxes and taking $150,000 from excise taxes for roads, $18,000 for insurances and $71,800 for administration.

HARRINGTON, Maine — The Harrington annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Narraguagus High School cafeteria.

The 35-article agenda, approved by the selectmen and Budget Committee, suggests appropriations of $257,950 for local roads, $63,900 for town salaries, $34,062 for public safety — which includes the harbor master, code enforcement officer, road commissioner, health officer, animal control, street lights and hydrant rental — and $26,834 for an independent assessor to conduct a building revaluation. One article also allows surplus funds in nine separate accounts to be carried forward to the general fund.

ADDISON, Maine — The Addison annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the D.W. Merritt School.

Voting will take place from the floor of the meeting for one selectman for a three-year term, a treasurer, road commissioners, two overseers of general assistance and an SAD 37 director for a three-year term.

Most of the 33 articles are routine housekeeping measures with the exception of the possible purchase of property for a new fire station. Engineering, purchase and design should not exceed $45,000.

The budget committee also recommended taking $8,000 from the unemployment account and raising $103,000 for $110,972 in salaries for town officers and staff. An additional $133,910 is suggested for street lights, transfer station, fire department, town roads, the annual fireworks and a number of other expenses. The panel also recommended $60,000 for paving projects.

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