CUTLER – Selectman Tony Maker was elected as the town’s new first selectman at Monday night’s annual town meeting.
Also nominated for the position was current First Selectman Linda Throckmorton, who was defeated 39-10. A special town meeting will be held in the next two weeks to fill Maker’s position as selectman.
The approximately 50 people in attendance debated only a few issues at the meeting, one being the use of boat excise tax funds. At the 1994 annual town meeting, residents voted to deposit boat excise taxes into the harbor committee fund rather than the town’s general fund. A warrant article that asked to change that process and have the money put into the general fund was voted down by residents.
The account has accrued a balance of nearly $27,000 over the last few years, and town officials were unsure of plans for the money.
Harbor masters explained that expected costs, such as boat ramp repairs, are likely to use up much of the account balance.
“There’s been a lot of talk this winter about things we’d like to see done around the harbor,” Harbor Master John Drouin said Monday. Having to ask the selectman for money every time repairs, improvements or projects come up would slow things down.
Money in the harbor committee account can be used for any marine related use and is not just for the harbor.
In other meeting news:
. Melanie Ferguson was appointed assessor for a three-year term, and Andrew Patterson and Kevin Feeney were elected to remain animal control officer and road commissioner, respectively.
. Diana Markley was elected SAD 77 school board director for a two-year term and Katherine Rigot for a three-year term. Selectman Marker stated the importance of the positions because of statewide consolidation issues that may come up in the near future.
. The Cove Road Bridge Project has taken an extra year and will cost the town $80,000, instead of the anticipated $60,000. Residents voted to authorize the selectmen to appropriate $15,000 from the ways, highways, and bridges fund to pay the balance due. The town has been making payments on the bridge over time and this will be the final payment.
People have been digging gravesites at the cemetery without notifying the town of who is buried there and also using heavy equipment not approved by the town. The use of this equipment is damaging the property and costing the town money to fix. Residents voted that anyone found in violation of cemetery rules concerning the digging of graves and use of heavy equipment will be assessed a fine by the board of selectman.
The purpose of the article is to allow the town to keep an accurate map of cemetery plots and keep the property in good condition.