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Atkinson casts votes on officers, funding

Article from Bangor Daily News, Tuesday, March 23, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

ATKINSON In what could be one of the last town meetings held in this community of 330 people, residents on Monday elected town officers and approved funds for municipal operations through the year.A bill to allow the town to deorganize passed the House on Monday and will now be presented to the Senate for action soon.

Rep. James Annis, R-Dover-Foxcroft, the bill's sponsor, said Monday that the bill went before the House as ought not to pass. The vote, however, was 89 to 45 against the ought not to pass. The fact that the bill passed 2-1 "looks good," he told residents.

If passed by the Legislature, voters will still have to approve the plan in November.

Despite some reports that there is little interest in town seats, nearly all of the positions this year were contested. Katherine Kinney was elected town clerk, treasurer and tax collector.

Her competition for the clerk's position was Linda Roebuck who received 10 votes and Debra Roberts who garnered 13 votes. Kinney received 22 votes.

Linda Roebuck also was a candidate for tax collector and treasurer.

Carl Dow was re-elected as first selectman. He received 25 votes compared to 16 votes for Sam Andrews. Mike Snow was elected a constable and Amy Rideout as animal control officer. Residents gave selectmen the authority to appoint a SAD 41 director.

To keep the town operational pending the outcome of the deorganization bill, residents voted to raise and appropriate $39,000 for general government, $6,000 for fire protection, $16,500 for sanitation, and $115,000 for highways, among other articles.

Residents slashed funding for the Community Health and Counseling and Penquis Community Action Program, but approved the requested amounts for Eastern Agency on Aging, the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District, Womancare, and Pine Tree Hospice. They declined to raise funds for Maine Public Broadcasting Corp.

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