May 24, 2019

Houlton, Patten voters face local issues

HOULTON — While all eyes are on the political races that will be decided in next week’s primary election, some less exciting local issues will go before voters in two towns.

In Houlton, voters will be asked to decide whether or not they will allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages for on premises consumption. If approved, restaurants would be allowed to serve drinks to their customers on Sundays.

Last year, a proposal to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages for off premises consumption was turned down by voters.

In Patten, voters will face three local questions. The first is whether or not to appropriate $1,810 to hire a part-time clerk-bookkeeper as a fill-in person for town office personnel when they take vacations, sick days and personal days.

Approval of the second question would allow town officials to transfer $5,000 from surplus to pay unpaid legal fees and town manager advertising costs. That amount would be added to what was approved by voters at the annual town meeting in March.

The third question calls for the approval of the transfer of $6,000 from the cemetery reserve account for use to improve and make repairs to the back section of the local cemetery.

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