BUDGET: Residents voted to approve the municipal budget of $687,633, an 11.6 percent increase over the previous budget.
MAJOR ITEMS APPROVED: First Selectman Richard LaBelle said all items in the town warrant passed during the meeting. Some of the major items included starting an account for municipal legal expenses, enacting a shoreland zoning ordinance and forming a committee that would explore the town’s academic options.
MAJOR ITEMS REJECTED: None
ATTENDANCE: LaBelle said 50 to 55 people attended the March 11 Town Meeting.
CONTESTED ELECTIONS: There were a number of contested elections in Rome. Seven people ran for the position of First Selectman. Incumbent Richard LaBelle won re-election with 152 votes. His challengers were write-in candidates and received only a handful of votes. Kelly Archer received three votes, Tammy Fotter received two votes, Larry DiPietro received two votes, Richard Greenan received two votes, and both Janet DiPietro and Walter Smith each received one vote.
In the race for Second Selectman, former Town Clerk Lois Stratton won with 106 votes, defeating incumbent Kelly Archer, who received 83 votes.
In the race for Third Selectman, Malcolm Charles won re-election with 162 votes. Five write-in candidates received votes in this race. Lois Stratton and David McClay each received two votes. Jan Bileau-Nimes, Kimberly Brooks and Paul Anderson each received one vote apiece.
Town Clerk Abby DiPietro won with 155 votes. Lois Statton and Kimberly Brooks each received one vote for town clerk.
For road commissioner Carroll Bubar received 164 votes, Larry DiPietro received two votes, and Spencer Tracy and Dylan Smith each received one vote.
REFERENDUMS: There were two referendum questions. Residents approved raising $300,000 for the remaining paving and reconstruction of Watson Pond Road, appropriating all money the town gets from the state’s Local Road Assistance Program for that project. The votes was 155 yes, 39 no, and one left blank.
The second question involved enacting an ordinance prohibiting all recreational marijuana establishments in town. This measure was defeated with 102 residents voting against it, 92 voting for it, and one ballot left blank.