Friday, May 11, 2007
Town Election okays all spending; Ryder and Sykes win CSC; Risso, Deignan elected to BOH
It took almost three and a half hours to count the ballots cast in Carlisle's Town Election on May 8 when 1,020 voters passed all four spending questions by clear margins. Less than 1/3 of the town's 3,374 voters participated in the election, which included a quarter-million-dollar budget override and two contested races.
Dale Ryder (620) and incumbent Wendell Sykes (412) beat Don Rober (388) and write-in candidate Kevin T. Smith (171) for two openings on the Carlisle School Committee. Bill Risso was reelected to the Board of Health (BOH) with 652 votes, while Christopher Deignan (530) edged out current Chair Martha Bedrosian (520) for the second vacancy on the BOH. All other candidates were running unopposed. (See table.)
Under Question 1, voters approved a $245,682 budget override 541 to 472. The override amount will be used to provide extra funding to the Carlisle Public School and various town departments. Question 2 passed 596 to 415, authorizing a capital expenditure of $52,000 for the purchase of a DPW dump truck. Voters also approved a $100,000 capital expenditure under Question 3, for the Carlisle School to upgrade the telephone and security systems, voting 536 to 469. By a margin of 612 in favor and 393 against, voters approved Question 4, to pay Carlisle's share of $1.245 million debt exclusion for maintenance projects to the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.
According to Town Clerk Charlene Hinton, voting was "slow but steady" throughout the mild spring day.
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