May 25, 2018
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Exeter residents reject requests from several social service agencies

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

EXETER, Maine — Local residents rejected several funding requests from social service agencies Monday during the annual town meeting.

While residents approved funds for the Corinth Food Cupboard, the Abbott Memorial Library, Spruce Run, Operation Graduation and Pine Tree Hospice, they rejected funds for the American Cancer Society, Womancare, American Red Cross, Penquis, Community Counseling Center, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and Cerebral Palsy.

No representatives from the unfunded agencies attended the town meeting to explain their requests, although several of them had submitted paperwork earlier, according to Town Manager Tressa Smith.

Residents also were updated about the former elementary school, which is being used as a community center. Smith said the town has three options regarding the building: keep it and continue its use as a community center; sell it; or demolish it. The cost of maintaining the building and its need of a new roof are two issues troubling town officials. It is expected that one of the three options will be proposed to residents later this year.

James Crane was elected selectman and Kip Donovan was elected to the SAD 46 board.

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