July 15, 2019
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Gouldsboro sets June 25 as date for its delayed vote on police force’s future

Bill Trotter | BDN
Bill Trotter | BDN
Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler Dunbar answers a question Monday, April 29, 2019, at a meeting in the Peninsula School gym while Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane listens. Approximately 150 people attended a meeting at the school Monday night to discuss whether the town should disband its police department and instead contract with the sheriff's department for regular police coverage. Gouldsboro voters will cast ballots on the question on Tuesday, June 11.

Gouldsboro officials have rescheduled a vote on whether to disband the local police department for Tuesday, June 25, according to the town’s website.

The vote was going to be held June 11, but a clerical error forced the delay, according to town officials. Sherri Cox, Gouldsboro’s town manager, said Monday that the warrant that was publicly posted for the June 11 vote was not signed by selectmen, which is a legal requirement for holding a municipal election.

The delay also affects local elections for selectmen and planning board, which also will be held June 25. Polls will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the community center on Pond Road in Gouldsboro, also known as Route 195.

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Meanwhile, Gouldsboro residents are voting Tuesday at the community center on whether to approve a proposed $45 million project to build a new school for students in grades 6 through 12 in Sullivan. The new school would serve all students in those grades in Regional School Unit 24, which consists of Gouldsboro and nine other area towns. Local residents also vote Tuesday on the RSU’s annual budget.

In local elections, six people are running for three available seats on the Board of Selectmen, according to Cox. Three people are running for two available three-year terms, and three people are running for a one-year term. Two positions are now vacant, having been occupied by Bill Thayer, who died in April, and by Glenn Grant, who resigned when he moved out of town.

The vote on whether to disband the police department is a citizen’s initiative promoted by some residents who say that the cost of running a municipal police department is too expensive. If voters decide to dissolve the police department, the town instead would contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to provide law enforcement coverage on a regular basis.

 



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