Livermore approves all items at town meeting

Hazel Babb casts her ballot as election official Dave Lachapelle looks on during the Livermore town hall held by referendum vote Tuesday, April 26 at Spruce Mountain Elementary School. Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls Announcer

LIVERMORE – At the annual town meeting held by referendum vote on Tuesday April 26, voters passed all 51 articles before them.

“All the articles were adopted by an overwhelming majority,” deputy clerk Jean Tardif said in a telephone conversation Tuesday to announce the results of the vote. The number of yes and no votes for each item was not available because they had already been wrapped, she noted.

A tally of votes for each article was provided by City Clerk Renda Guild on Thursday.

In addition to passing all departmental budgets, by a vote of 218 to 36, a third installment of $100,000 for the purchase of a fire truck voted at an extraordinary municipal assembly on April 12 has been approved. Voters on April 12 approved financing for up to $382,373 of the purchase.

another article amended the city’s limited commercial zoning ordinance. A change will allow a person to purchase property for business purposes and reside there. Another increases the limited shopping zone from 250 feet to 750 feet on both sides of the National Highway 4 right-of-way. The vote for this article was closer, at 182 to 64.

Voters narrowly approved increasing the city’s property tax levy limit – as set by the state – by a vote of 139 to 117. According to the assessor, the budget as presented would exceed the limit, said administrative assistant Aaron Miller on April 12.

Setting the date by which taxes must be due and payable had the fewest “no” votes. That tally was 251 to 9.

Authorization for $71,380 for fire protection and a decision to ban overnight parking on freeways from November 15 to April 15 were also easily approved. The vote for the former was 235 to 20, and 234 to 21 for the latter.

Voters authorized the collection and allocation of $5,000 for heating equipment at the Brettuns Community Building on Church Street, voting 205 to 52. In February, elected officials approved presenting the item to voters after the Livermore Community Building Association learned that the furnace, oil and hot water tanks needed to be replaced.

Elections for several municipal offices were also held.

Incumbent Mark Chrétien retained a three-year term on the selection committee in the only contested race. Chretien received 153 votes; opponent Joshua Perkins 93.

In other results, Jeremy Emerson received 196 votes for a two-year term on the Select Board. Tracey Martin did not seek re-election.

The outgoing Guild was elected to another two-year term as City Clerk, with 229 votes.

Tasha Perkins received 175 votes for a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 73 board of trustees, a seat that was held by Stephen Langlin.

Holly Morris, a written nominee for a two-year term on the RSU 73 board, received the most votes, 67.

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