News Feature

Brooklin
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 5, 2018
Brooklin voters make quick work of town meeting

Fire chief

Brooklin fire chief Sam Friend addresses voters during town meeting.

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About 60 residents approved 20 school and 60 municipal warrant articles in just over two hours during Brooklin’s annual town meeting on April 7.

Moderator George Eaton called the meeting to order a little after 9 a.m., and voters got right down to business, passing a school budget of $1,886,563 in 45 minutes. One school article was voted on by written ballot and asked whether the town would raise and appropriate $755,217 in additional local funds. That amount was up from last year’s $745,349. The article passed 49-0.

When asked what the funds in the Facilities Maintenance account would be used for, Union 76 Superintendent Chris Elkington said that there are “many things that need to be done,” most immediately work to the school’s kitchen starting this spring. The facilities account, which was approved at $218,835, was actually down from last year’s amount of $222,901.

After a short break, voters passed the municipal articles at a similar pace, for a budget of $830,732. One of those articles included $4,000 toward the veterans’ graves account, an account that has not needed funds over the last two years, according to Selectman Bill Cohen. The account is “just about at zero,” he said, which was the reason behind the need to raise the money this year.

Voters also approved $141,060 for the salaries of the selectmen, tax collector, treasurer, town clerk, registrar of voters and administrative assistant/deputy clerk/tax collector. Of that amount, $137,560 will be raised from property taxes and $3,500 from unassigned fund balance for software upgrade and training.

Eaton also read the results from the previous day’s elections in the uncontested races for selectman, treasurer, road commissioner and two seats on the school board.

Bill Cohen received 85 votes to retain his seat on the board of selectmen, while Frank Bianco and Paige Morse received 71 and 63 votes, respectively, for the school board.

Longtime Road Commissioner Neil Allen received 83 votes for his position, and Treasurer Tammy Andrews was elected with 89 votes.

‘Yes’ to pot prohibition

The ballot on election day, April 6, contained yes-or-no questions regarding retail marijuana in the town of Brooklin. The questions were put on the ballot as a discussion tool to gain citizen feedback for when it comes time to draft an ordinance.

Question one, which asked whether the town would want a prohibition of retail marijuana sales, received 52 votes yes, 37 votes no. Question two, which asked whether the town would want a prohibition of retail marijuana social clubs, received 60 votes yes, 31 votes no. Question three, which asked whether the town would want a prohibition of marijuana cultivation facilities, received 55 votes yes, 36 votes no. Question four, which asked whether the town would want a prohibition of marijuana manufacturing facilities, received 50 votes yes, 31 votes no. Question five, which asked whether the town would want a prohibition of marijuana testing facilities, received 55 votes yes, 23 votes no.

Written ballot

Residents cast their votes on a school article.

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Fire chief

Brooklin fire chief Sam Friend addresses voters during town meeting.

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Board of selectmen

The board of selectmen, Deborah Brewster, left, Bill Cohen and Laura Sherman at town meeting.

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