The Readfield Select Board has approved all 48 articles that voters will see on June 14 in a secret ballot vote that serves as the annual Town Meeting.

While all the financial items carry the board’s recommendations for approval, funding proposals for trails and for Heritage Days split the vote of the board 3-1.

All the items were reviewed Tuesday night during a two-hour board session.

Selectman Thomas Dunham, the board’s vice chairman, who ran the meeting in the absence of the chairman, Valarie Pomerleau, voted against putting aside $5,000 for the Readfield Heritage Days celebration, which occurs every two years.

“It’s not, in my opinion, essential services,” Dunham said at the meeting. “I also have a concern that it went over budget the last time we held it.”

Selectman Allen Curtis responded, saying the public “voted to have Heritage Days every other year and they wanted us to fund it.”


Dunham and Curtis initially voted against an article that would spend $2,467 to support the Readfield Trails Committee budget.

Curtis said, “People have told me not to support the trails unless we support everything,” explaining that would include funding for recreation and beach activities which are user-funded.

Dunham said, “I am a fiscal conservative, and I’m focused on essential services. To forcibly take this money from property taxpayers, I don’t think this is necessary.”

He said he does not use the walking trails.

But Dunham changed his position in a subsequent vote so that it would not appear on the ballot with a recommendation against funding it.

Selectwoman Christine Sammons thanked Dunham for switching his vote.


Readfield voters also will have to decide whether to approve a recently negotiated agreement that would permit the town of Fayette to send its solid waste and recyclables to the Readfield/Wayne Transfer Station for a year beginning July 1, with the intention of accepting Fayette as a partner in the operation later.

The article estimates that the contract will save Readfield $5,700 in the first year and $8,000 annually in subsequent years.

Curtis said he was glad the agreement was for only one year.

“It gives us a chance to look at them and them a chance to look at us,” he said.

Bourgoine urged his fellow board members to support spending almost $65,000 for work on Maranacook Lake Dam — which they did unanimously.

He said the dam is beneficial to those who pay property taxes around the lake and added, “We are also protecting our own property, the town beach, from becoming a mud flat or something else.”


Town Manager Eric Dyer said the neighboring town of Winthrop, which will share the cost of the work, recently approved Phase 1 funding for the project.

Selectmen also recommended approval of an article asking whether voters want to transfer $183,308 from the town’s unassigned fund balance to offset taxes.

Dyer said he anticipates that fund will have just over $1 million at the end of fiscal 2017. The town’s total budget is nearly $6 million.

Information about the budget process and the warrant articles is on the town’s website at

The final article asks whether voters want the town to continue the secret-ballot process for the 2017 annual Town Meeting, a process first used there in 2015.

The vote on the article last year was 358-298 to continue.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

Twitter: @betadams

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