Brooklin firefighter and EMT Keith Dibble (left) was honored for his service to the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Department at the annual Town Meeting Saturday by Fire Chief Sam Friend. PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Brooklin voters: No need for commercial weed

BROOKLIN — You might find someone smoking it here but no one will be commercially cultivating, testing or manufacturing recreational marijuana.

Brooklin voters overwhelmingly favored prohibition of commercial marijuana uses, according to results of a straw poll conducted as part of the annual Town Meeting ballot Friday.

The town of Brooklin asked residents to answer yes or no about whether or not the town should prohibit each potential use: cultivation, testing, manufacturing, social clubs and retail shops.

The votes were generally a 2-to-1 margin in the affirmative to prohibit each use:

  • Cultivation: 52-37.
  • Testing facilities: 60-31.
  • Manufacturing: 55-26.
  • Retail: 50-31.
  • Social: 55-33.

Brooklin Selectman Bill Cohen said the straw poll results would be used to craft a retail marijuana ordinance for the town.

The proposed ordinance will likely be presented at a special town meeting after June, Cohen said.

In election news, a contested race for the School Board saw incumbent board members Paige Morse and Frank Bianco Sr. returned to three-year terms on the board with 71 and 63 votes, respectively. Robert Cowart took 23 votes.

Voters returned Cohen, who ran unopposed, to another three-year term on the board with 85 votes.

Treasurer Tammy Andrews was elected to a three-year term with 89 votes.

Road Commissioner Neil Allen received 83 votes.

In spending articles, voters approved an education budget totaling $1,886,563.05 for the fiscal year starting July 1. That’s less than a one percent increase over the existing budget. Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington said veteran staff retiring and being replaced with newer, less expensive staff has helped the budget.

Voters approved a total municipal spending package of roughly $950,000. However, the total to be raised by taxes for the municipal budget is just over $620,000, Cohen said.

The difference of $330,000 will be spent from reserves and surplus to fund the new fire truck, the selectman said.

In other business, Brooklin Fire Chief Sam Friend bestowed Brooklin firefighter and EMT Keith Dibble with an award for his service to the community. The award was given during the warrant portion of the annual Town Meeting held at the school Saturday.

Friend described Dibble as “someone who goes above and beyond” his duties and who doesn’t mind “getting up at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.” to fight a fire or who might mind but gets up anyway.


Clarification: The town of Brooklin and the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Company, a non-profit organization that helps fund equipment and training expenses, are both contributing to the purchase of the town’s new fire truck. The town is paying $250,000 and the fire company is paying $100,000. In addition to the contribution to the purchase price, the fire company will be funding costs of a new hose and other equipment that will go on the new truck.

Jennifer Osborn

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