June 22, 2018
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Castine voters face 3 referendums

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

CASTINE, Maine — Voters will be faced with three local referendum questions when they go to the polls Tuesday.

Two of those questions deal with proposals to transfer money from the surplus account. Voters will be asked to transfer $7,000 from surplus to the Elm Tree Account. Those funds will cover the additional expense of removing and disposing of elm trees that became infected with Dutch elm disease.

Voters also will be asked to transfer $5,000 from surplus to the Harbor Improvement Capital Account to fund the town’s share of the boat pump-out grant. Of those funds, $2,500 would be the town’s share of a $25,000 grant to create a pump-out station on Acadia Wharf where boats could pump out their holding tanks, accord-ing to Town Manager Dale Abernethy.

The remainder of the funds would be used to partially fund the re-coating of the steel bulkhead at the waterfront.

The final question on the ballot asks whether voters will increase the Board of Selectmen from three to five members. This was placed on the ballot through a citizens initiative.

The selectmen have not yet researched how the additional selectmen would be elected if the measure passes. According to Abernethy, if voters approve the change, the selectmen will work with the town attorney to review options.

The only contested municipal race this year is for the Castine School Committee. Deborah Hamblen-Wood and Kathryn MacArthur are vying for the three-year term on the committee. Incumbent Susan Adam chose not to seek re-election.

Incumbent Constantino “Gus” Basile is unopposed for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, and incumbent Berna Kaiserian is unopposed for a five-year term on the Witherle Memorial Library board of trustees.

The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Emerson Hall.

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