June 18, 2018
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St. Albans selectmen vote to accept Tobacco-Free Maine signs

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

ST. ALBANS, Maine — A third selectman was able to cast the tie-breaking vote on Monday evening after an item had been shelved because of a split.

The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 to allow Tobacco-Free Maine signs to be posted in recreation areas in town, including the playground and ball field.

“I’m all for it,” said Selectman Daniel Hanson, who was absent the first time the item was brought to a vote. “I have COPD, which means I have to stay away from second-hand smoke. I was a heavy smoker up until two years ago.”

Vice Chairman Hiram Weymouth didn’t see a need for the signs.

“I made my decision very clear [last time]. We have no way of enforcing those rules. There’s nothing worse than having rules with no enforcement,” he said.

Town Manager Rhonda Stark said the signs are free to the town from Sebasticook Valley Health. St. Albans also will be eligible for grants from SVH because they comply with having smoke- and drug-free zones, she said.

“Without the designation, we wouldn’t be able to receive other grants from Sebasticook Valley. They do offer some recreation grants,” she said. “There’s also the issue of children that have lung problems and breathing problems.”

In other matters:

• Selectman Jason Gould was elected chairman of the board in a 2-0 vote.

• Weymouth again was elected vice chairman in a 2-0 vote.

• Gould was named responsible for signing the payroll with Weymouth as a backup in a 3-0 vote.

• Municipal elections will be held on Friday, March 2, with the annual town meeting on Saturday, March 3.

• The first budget meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 7.

• The board voted 3-0 to name a road off Dexter Road as Country Lane.

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