May 26, 2018
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Holden incumbents win seats, Clifton passes ordinances

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — With only 10 votes separating the top vote-getters in local elections Tuesday, three Town Council and school board incumbents earned new three-year terms on their respective boards.

Town Council incumbents Robert Harvey, with 100 votes, and Ralph McLeod, with 95 votes, beat out newcomer Kerry Zimmerman, who received in 90 votes in the contest for the two council seats up for grabs, according to unofficial election results provided by the town.

SAD 63 incumbent Don Varnum, who got 85 votes, beat out former board member Karen Clark, who had 75 votes, for the one open seat on the school board.

Residents also endorsed the $8.99 million SAD 63 budget by a vote of 124-46. SAD 63 is composed of the communities of Holden, Eddington and Clifton, and all three passed the budget in referendum votes.

Eddington residents approved the school budget, 27-7, and Clifton residents passed it, 106-51.

Clifton residents also cast ballots on two other referendum questions.

The first asked if hunting cabins that have heat and waste management facilities would be added to the definition of an occupied structure in the town’s land use ordinance. The second asked residents if they support the application by the Pisgah Mountain LLC wind farm developer for a Maine Public Utilities Commission certification as a Community-Based Renewable Energy Pilot Project, which would provide incentives for the development of community-based renewable projects that are locally owned.

Residents approved both, according to unofficial results provided by the town. The first passed 96-63 and the PUC resolve was endorsed by an 89-70 tally.

“That means that hunting camps are now an occupied structure,” Planning Board Chairman Eric Johns said Wednesday.

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