Selectman elected, recall okayed at Tremont town meeting



TREMONT — Voters at the polls Monday elected a new selectman and gave approval to a recall ordinance for elected officials.

Jamie Thurlow received 89 votes in his bid for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Incumbent Dean Wass received 23 votes, David “Jed” Campbell, 13 votes.

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Moderator Frank Gray listens to a question during Tremont’s annual town meeting on Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Voters favored the recall ordinance 74-41. The recall ordinance would apply only to elected municipal officials. At this time selectmen, are the only officials who could be subject to a recall; School Committee members, who also are elected, are not considered municipal officials.

To initiate a recall election, a petition calling for the recall and signed by a number of voters equal to or greater than 25 percent of those cast in the most recent gubernatorial election would be needed for a secret ballot vote on the matter. The issue would be discussed at a public hearing before the vote.

There were no candidates on the ballot for one School Committee seat and three seats on the high school Board of Trustees. Write-in candidates are expected to fill these positions. At the open town meeting Tuesday (See related story on page 11), Andrew Simon was declared the winner of the three-year School Committee seat with four write-in votes. Herbert Shaw was elected to a two-year seat on the high school Board of Trustees with two write-in votes. As of press time, it was unclear if these people would accept the positions. Results for three-year and one-year trustee positions were inconclusive.

Because there were so many write-in candidates, final results for the school seats won’t be known until June 14. The town meeting is in recess until that time, officials decided at the open meeting Tuesday.

Voters also approved 102-14 a proposal to authorize the Municipal Review Committee to enter into a contract with Fiberight LLC for solid waste disposal.

 

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