July 20, 2018
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Friendship replaces road commissioner

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

FRIENDSHIP, Maine — Voters elected a new road commissioner for the first time in 16 years.

Stewart Harrington defeated veteran Kyle Martin Sr. in voting held Monday. Harrington received 193 votes compared with 152 for Martin.

This was one of two contested races in the town decided at the polls.

John Homon was elected assessor over Gunilla Broman by a tally of 161-114. The two were running for a seat previously held by Angie Lash, who did not seek re-election.

Elizabeth Dinsmore was re-elected without opposition to the Board of Selectmen for a three-year term.

Errol Silvestri was unopposed for a three-year seat on the RSU 40 board. Silvestri was appointed a year ago to fill a vacant seat on the school board.

Joel Fearn was unopposed for another three-year term as town clerk.

One warrant article asking for $16,000 to complete work on the town’s athletic fields was approved Monday by voters 213-125.

The annual town meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hahn Community Center.

The proposed 2012 municipal budget totals $711,334, representing an increase of less than 1 percent from the voter-approved 2011 budget of $707,481. The amount of money needed from property taxes for the proposed budget is projected at $361,334, down 5 percent ($21,000) from 2011.

The budget calls for using $350,000 in surplus to lower the amount of property taxes, up from $325,000 a year ago.

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