June 20, 2018
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Ripley residents tweak spending amounts at annual town meeting

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

RIPLEY, Maine — About 30 residents re-elected most town officials to their seats and made a few changes in the proposed town meeting warrant Saturday during the annual town meeting.

Residents reduced the proposed $16,000 for general administration by $2,000, the proposed $105,000 for snow removal by $15,000, and the proposed $20,000 for upkeep of town buildings by $5,000, believing the town could get by with those cuts, according to Town Clerk Vernal Sinclair.

The only article that was voted down was $5,000 for a comprehensive plan contingency fund. It was felt that the funds could be obtained elsewhere, Sinclair said Monday.

A committee of Rodney Farrar, Sharon Hopkins and Gary Hanson was appointed to work with selectmen to develop a plan for the use of and possible renovations to the former Courser Memorial School. The town recently accepted the school from SAD 46.

Re-elected to office were: Sinclair, town clerk, tax collector, and excise tax collector; Dorothy Hutchins, treasurer and administrative assistant; Andrew Sevey, selectman; and Barbara Wakefield to the SAD 46 board of directors.

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