Friday, May 12, 2000
Brophy, Cragan and all questions okayed by voters
Promptly after the votes were tallied on Tuesday evening, town clerk Sarah Andreassen swore Sarah Brophy into office as the new town moderator. Brophy, who has studied the town moderator role in other towns and had numerous letters of support, edged out opponents Wayne Davis by 42 votes and Thomas Raftery by 95 votes. In the only other contest, caucus nominee Brooke Cragan seized the Gleason Library Trustee position with a wide margin over opponent Lisa Jensen Fellows (358-144).
The three ballot questions, which required a majority vote, passed. Therefore, the schools and library will receive an additional $222,487 for their operating budgets, the board of health will have $20,000 more to evaluate the O'Rourke Farm as a potential municipal water supply, and the department of public works will be able to purchase a new roll-off truck to transport trash, expected to cost $100,000. Since the associated Warrant article to fund the Conant Land affordable housing project was never moved at the May 2 Town Meeting, the results from Question 3 are meaningless.
Only about 30 voters per hour trickled into Town Hall during the May 9 election day, but a rush at the dinner hour brought the total up to 592. Asked if she considered this a poor turn-out, town clerk Sarah Andreassen described it as "light," noting that it was poor in 1997 when only 233 voters appeared for a ballot where there were no contests and no ballot questions.
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