June 21, 2018
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Newburgh voters to decide new selectman, fate of former school on Tuesday

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

NEWBURGH, Maine — Newburgh residents will be able to vote on three items during Tuesday’s referendum.

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Newburgh town office on Tuesday, June 11.

Residents can approve or deny the $28.2 million 2013-2014 school budget for SAD 22. Including adult education, Newburgh residents will be responsible for $914,247. It is a $10,205 decrease from last year’s amount.

A vote for a new selectman is also on the ballot.

Claude Bolduc resigned from the Newburgh board of selectmen after a meeting on April 16.

Former selectman Buddy Belcher is the only person to take out papers for the vacant position and will be on the ballot.

Another former selectman, Steve Burgess, has announced his intention to run as a write-in candidate, according to Town Manager Serena Bemis-Goodall.

Also, residents may vote to allow the board of selectmen the ability to negotiate with SAD 22 in regards to buying the former Newburgh Elementary School building for $1.

The building is currently being leased by the town from the school district for the town office. Penquis Cap is also using part of the building for a pre-school.

Bemis-Goodall said she envisions the building, which would also include 22 acres of land, as being the town’s center.

“The town of Newburgh doesn’t have a community center,” she said. “With these 22 acres, you would be able to actually build other buildings, walking trails, a picnic area and actually make this Newburgh’s center of town.”

The town would also be able to rent out former classrooms and have better access to the gymnasium.

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