Anson and Solon held their annual Town Meetings in two parts Saturday, while Mercer residents voted in the town’s municipal election.

SOLON

Solon held its municipal election via secret ballot Saturday morning and conducted the business portion of its annual Town Meeting in the afternoon, splitting the municipal election and Town Meeting warrant vote into two sessions.

Town Clerk Leslie Giroux wrote in an email that all 34 articles passed with “little discussion or opposition.” Voters approved a $1,790,407 budget.

The three municipal official positions up for election retained their positions.

Wayne “Chip” Johnson was reelected to the Board of Selectmen, while Gary Bishop continues as road commissioner.

Meantime, Robert Lindblom Sr. was reelected to the Regional School Unit 74 board of directors.

The town also awarded the 2021 Spirit of America Award to Laura Layman.

ANSON

Anson held its municipal election via secret ballot Saturday morning and conducted the business portion of the Town Meeting in the afternoon. All 47 articles passed as the town approved.

Brenda Garland and Larry McHugh won seats on the town’s Board of Selectmen.

Randy Turner was elected to the Anson & Madison Water District, and he and Steve Everett were elected to the Anson & Madison Sanitary District.

Amy Price and Heather Longley were elected to the Regional School Unit 74 board of directors.

MERCER

Mercer held its municipal and referendum election Saturday via secret ballot. Voters are to vote April 10 on the annual Town Meeting warrant articles.

In the municipal elections, incumbents Ricky Parlin and Gary Mosher ran unopposed for first and second selectperson, respectively.

Incumbent Dari Hurley kept her spot, defeating Cristopher Dutill 83-72.

Wanda Fortin was elected a trustee of the Mercer Shaw Library.

Sarah Bunker-Geyer was elected to the Maine School Administrative District 54 board of directors.

Dutill and Geoffrey Nosach were elected to the Planning Board.

As for referendum questions, residents voted 92-65 to enact the town’s adult use marijuana ordinance.

Residents also voted to allow on-site liquor licenses on Sundays, and to allow municipal officers to spend no more than half the 2020 budget during the first six months of the year. The overall budget will be decided April 10 at the annual Town Meeting.

Residents voted 91-66 against a resolution on tax action against carbon pollution.


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