In a two-hour Town Meeting on Saturday, residents of Mount Vernon voted to increase the amount of money to be spent on road maintenance and ditching to $55,000 from the $47,750 listed on the Town Warrant.

On the remainder of the warrant articles, they left the amounts untouched.

Voters also agreed to spend $20,000 toward a $120,000 erosion control project to mitigate runoff into Minnehonk Lake.

Clyde Dyar, chairman of the three-person select board, said previously the state would pay the balance, and the Department of Transportation project would install catch basins and plunge pools in the town’s village district to prevent sand from washing into the lake. The town money would help pay for materials.

Residents also approved amendments updating the transfer station ordinance to encourage recycling.

Some 40-50 people attended the meeting, according to Town Clerk Rachel Meader.

In uncontested election results from June 10, Meader said Madeline Snow was elected with three write-in votes to a three-year post on the board of Regional School Unit 38, the Maranacook area schools. Jill Worcester was elected to a one-year post on the same board, also with three write-in votes; however, Meader said it was unclear whether Worcester could accept because of working for the schools.

The same two women were elected with three write-in votes again to the elementary school advisory board.

Sherene Gilman received 265 votes to fill the selectman’s post vacated by Bruce Inch. At the annual meeting, he was commended for his service to the board, Meader said.

The proposed municipal budget is about the same as the current one, $1.02 million, and Dyar said it was unclear yet how much the increased school cost would affect the town property tax rate which stands at $15.05 per each $1,000 worth of valuation.

Voters in Regional School Unit 38, which includes Mount Vernon, approved a new budget last week that will cost Mount Vernon residents 0.8 percent more — about $20,000 — than they are contributing to the district now. Mount Vernon pays about $2.7 million to the district.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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