ANSON — Voters at Anson’s annual Town Meeting on Saturday approved the purchase of a new fire truck and rescue boat, as well as hiring two full-time firefighters and building a town ice rink.

About 50 people turned out for the meeting at Garret Schenck School, approving all 45 warrant articles in about 90 minutes, according to Tammy Murray, the town’s administrative assistant, town clerk, treasurer and tax collector.

“All the budgets passed,” Murray said Sunday morning. “There was some discussion on the fire truck, but that was normal because it is a big purchase. We’ve locked in a price of $717,000.”

The truck is to be bought with money in the Fire Department’s capital reserve fund, American Recovery Plan Act money and a bond.

The $84,000 for the two full-time firefighter positions is to come from ARPA money, taxation and fire reserve funds.

Up to $28,000 for the fire rescue is to come from tax acquired property revenue and fundraising.


Voters also approved building an ice rink at the Anson Town Office, to be funded by $11,644 in recreation funds and fundraising. The rink is expected to have synthetic ice and cost about $20,000, Murray said.

The new budget is not expected to increase the town’s property tax rate of $20.75 per $1,000 of assessed value.

In other matters, residents voted to raise and appropriate $549,161 for the highway budget, $167,250 for the Fire Department, $38,947 for a subsidy to the AMS Ambulance Service and up to $25,000 for a trackless sidewalk machine.

Voters also approved a request to raise and appropriate $48,726 for the Kennebec Valley Regional Waste Corp. for recycling and household hazardous waste collection day, and $119,500 for disposal of solid waste. As part of the latter article, voters authorized selectmen to negotiate for solid waste disposal.

In town elections, Arnold Luce and Angela Hawkins were reelected to the Board of Selectmen, Troy Dunphy was reelected to the Regional School Unit 74 board of directors and Doug Cahill Sr. was elected to the RSU 74 board as a write-in candidate, all for three-year terms.

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