READFIELD — All 48 articles on the Town Meeting warrant won approval at the polls Tuesday, including an article that continues the secret-ballot voting for another year.

There were 1,073 voters, according to the machine count. Two dozen people waited on the upper floor of the Asa Giles Hall to hear the results. Residents voted 367-218 to continue voting by secret ballot, a process that was first used in 2015.

The proposals all carried recommendations for approval. However, a $2,467 funding proposal for the Readfield Trails Committee and setting aside $5,000 for Readfield Heritage Days, which is celebrated every other year, split the vote of the Select Board, 3-1.

The trails budget was adopted 406-192 and Heritage Days passed 394-200.

Readfield voters also approved 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.

Voting took place at small cubicles where people could sit and mark the lengthy ballot.

Four candidates, including one incumbent, sought two seats on the Select Board.

John Parent, a newcomer to the board, and Kathryn Mills Woodsum, who previously was on the Select Board, won the two selectmen’s seats with 315 and 307 votes, respectively.

Both thanked those who supported them.

“It was a good voter turnout,” Parent said.

Woodsum said, “We ran a nice good, clean campaign.”

The two combined efforts for some of their campaign, even having their names appear on signs together.

Parent and Woodsum were sworn in Tuesday night, which was their option, Town Clerk Robin Lint said.

Incumbent Selectman Allen Curtis garnered 265 votes, and Sandra Rourke took 233.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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