February 23, 2018
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Southwest Harbor approves study for a new water tower

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Residents gave their approval Tuesday to fund an engineering study for a new water tower and elected new members to the selectmen and school boards.

The water tower funding proposal was passed with broad support with 494 voters in favor and 143 opposed. With the referendum’s approval, the town will use $15,000 of its unexpended surplus on an engineering study for replacing a leaky water tank on Freeman Ridge Road.

How much a new tower might cost will be determined in the study, according to Town Clerk Beatrice Grinnell. When a new tower might be built is undecided, she has said, but likely would be done as soon as possible.

Voters also elected new members to the town’s school board and board of selectmen, filling vacancies that were created when board members resigned unexpectedly earlier this year.

Dan Norwood was elected to the board of selectmen with 503 votes, outpacing challenger Edward Davis, who received 86 votes. Susan Allen edged Michael Sawyer in a race for school board, receiving 371 votes to his 252. Norwood will take the selectman’s seat vacated by Dorr ‘Skip’ Wilson, while Allen will fill the seat made available by Amy Young’s resignation.

According to Grinnell, Norwood and Allen will serve in their new positions until at least next June. New elections for the same positions will be held at Southwest Harbor’s annual town meeting next May, she said.

Voters also approved the acceptance of easements associated with two infrastructure projects. The easements, which were bundled together in one referendum question, were approved by a 576-58 vote.

One easement is for a dry hydrant on Ronald Sanborn’s property on Seal Cove Road. Two other easements are on abutting properties owned by Sandra Johnson and Mark Fisichetta on Wesley Avenue for a catch basin and a drainage culvert.

Grinnell has said that accepting the easements will have no financial cost to the town.

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