News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 7, 2013
Sedgwick voters choose second selectman, give their OK to local liquor option

Cindy Reilly talks town office business with Colby Pert

Sedgwick Town Clerk Cindy Reilly talks town office business with Second Selectman Colby Pert, participating in his final town meeting after 21-vote loss to Nelson Grindal in election on Friday, March 1.

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by Bette Britt

Whatever the reason, 243 voters were drawn to the town house on Friday, March 1, to cast ballots for town officials and vote their consciences about granting on-premise liquor licenses for commercial establishments. The unusually large turnout topped the 60 citizens who cast ballots last year when there was no contest for second selectman, school board members were eager to be re-elected and there was no local liquor option referendum to be considered.

Election results announced at the start of town meeting on Saturday, March 2, showed Nelson Grindal had unseated incumbent Second Selectman Colby Pert by 21 votes, 131-110. Pert remained with the other selectmen, Neil Davis and Victor Smith, to field questions during town meeting; Grindal will be sworn in before start of the next meeting of selectmen. Town clerk Cindy Reilly was reelected with 232 votes, and Paul Carter reelected road commissioner with 218 votes. Running for the remaining two years of a three-year term on the school board, Susan Ford received 217 votes; incumbents Clare Grindal and Ashley Pesek were write-in candidates to remain on the school board for additional three-year terms.

Voters on Friday also had the opportunity to make their wishes known as to whether or not to grant on-premise liquor licenses for commercial establishments, like restaurants. Containing two questions about by-the-glass alcohol service, voters could choose—or oppose—allowing consumption on days other than Sundays or, the second option, allowing liquor to be consumed “on the premises of licensed establishment on Sunday.” The vote to approve “everything but Sunday” was 185 - 50; the vote in favor of allowing consumption every day of the week was 173 - 65.