No shortage of candidates in Lamoine elections

LAMOINE — While some communities have trouble finding residents to serve on town boards, that’s not the problem in Lamoine.

The town has a four-way race for two selectmen’s seats.

Municipal elections will be held Tuesday, March 8, from 7:55 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lamoine town office.

Town Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the Lamoine Consolidated School.

One major issue facing 187 towns and cities in central and eastern Maine — where to dispose of their refuse beginning in 2018 — will be put before voters at a later date at a special town meeting.

Voters will take up the school budget at a separate special town meeting as well, likely in May.

The four candidates seeking election to two selectmen’s seats are incumbents Bernard Johnson and Nathan Mason and challengers Robert Christie and Kathleen Rybarz. The term is for three years.

Jane Fowler is seeking re-election to a three-year term as tax assessor. She is running unopposed.

Brett Jones and Robert Pulver are seeking re-election to three-year terms on the School Committee. They have no opposition.

On Town Meeting day, voters will be asked to approve an $804,115.03 budget that is $34,838.42, or 4.53 percent, higher than the current budget.

Proposed revenues are $29,517.41, or 7.1 percent, higher.

“So the net effect on property taxes will be $3,671.01,” said Deputy Town Clerk Stu Marckoon.

Part of the increase is due to the hiring of a facilities maintenance director, Rick Gallegos.

Voters will be asked to consider an amendment to the Donation Review Ordinance, which would allow the Budget Committee to increase its funding recommendation by $100 to $700 for a variety of nonprofit entities.

The organizations on that list range from Downeast Horizons and the Eastern Area Agency on Aging to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and the Lamoine Historical Society.

Voters also will decide how to utilize a $20,000 signing bonus received from Portland Cellular Partnership, which is doing business as Verizon Wireless, and a sub lessee, ATC Sequoia LLC.

The proposal is to divide the bonus among the heating assistance fund, the recreation fund and the sesquicentennial celebration fund.

The lease gives the cellular companies an option to extend their lease of municipal property for up to 30 years.

The land at 262 Lamoine Beach Road would be used for a communications tower.

In addition to the signing bonus, the companies would pay rent on an escalating scale.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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