May 20, 2018
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Hermon voters fill council, school board seats, OK school budget, charter changes

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Tallying votes for Tuesday’s state primary, Town Council and school board races, the school budget validation vote, a proposed property purchase and 11 separate charter amendment referendum questions kept local election officials busy until after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

In the five-way race for two seats on the council, voters returned one incumbent candidate and ousted the other.

Councilor Doug Sinclair was re-elected to another three-year term with 346 votes. The other seat went to Donald Pelletier, who received 259 votes.

Councilor Donna Pulver, who had 165 votes, lost her re-election bid. Also running were Alden Brown, who nabbed 233 votes, and Jeanne Jacques, who had 208 votes.

The two school board seats up for grabs went to incumbent Christopher Patten, who had 487 votes, and Deborah Farnham, who had 353. The third candidate, Amanda Emery, had 235.

In other Election Day business, residents voted 511-142 in favor of a $12.5 million school budget for the coming fiscal year.

However, they voted down town officials’ proposal to spend $160,932 to buy the house and land at 299 Fuller Road, next door to the town office and public safety building, in a 380-280 vote.

The proposal to buy the property in the event it might be needed for a future expansion was defeated by a single vote when it went before voters during a special town meeting in January attended by slightly more than 50 people.

Also on Tuesday, residents approved all 11 of the town charter amendment articles on their local election ballot.

The last time the town charter was updated was in November 2009, according to a copy of the charter posted on the town’s website.

Town Manager Clinton Deschene said in a recent interview that the proposed amendments were the product of more than a year’s work by a committee made up of town officials and residents.

The changes involve several aspects of local government ranging from the Town Council and its operations to the way town meetings and elections are run.

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