South Thomaston slate set for March vote

Posted Feb. 12, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — Residents will have a choice when they vote for selectmen at the upcoming town meeting.

Four people have filed nomination papers and qualified to be considered at the Tuesday, March 26, town meeting for a two-year seat on the board of selectmen. The vote will be taken from the floor of the town meeting that begins at 7 p.m. at the Gilford Butler School.

Former fire chief Wayne Brown, Dianne Darling, David Eaton and Sonja Sleeper are seeking the two years remaining on the seat previously held by Patrick “Mike” Florance. Florance resigned a few weeks ago for health reasons.

Former selectman Dorothy Meriwether will be unopposed for a three-year seat on the board. That seat is held by Board Chairman Jeffrey Northgraves who did not seek re-election. Northgraves said earlier this month, when he announced he would not seek re-election, that the town needs to change to a town manager form of government.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Gilford Butler School, on a warrant article for the March 26 town meeting concerning public landing regulations. That session will be followed by an informational meeting by the fire department on a proposed warrant article to purchase a new fire truck. The estimated cost of the truck is $450,000 but that would be partially offset by trading in a current fire engine and using reserve funds.

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