Ryan Donahue and Lydia Goetze were elected to the Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen. ISLANDER FILE PHOTOS

Donahue, Goetze elected to board



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Ryan Donahue and Lydia Goetze were elected Tuesday in a four-way race for two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen.

Donahue received 127 votes; Goetze, the sole incumbent in the race, garnered 123 votes.

Former Selectman Ralph Dunbar received 102 votes, Jesse Dunbar, 85 votes.

Town Clerk Marilyn Lowell said 252 of the town’s 1,611 registered voters cast their ballots.

Two School Committee seats and one high school trustee seat were filled in uncontested races.

Incumbent School Committee members Ingrid Wilbur Kachmar and James Sawyer were returned to their seats with 173 and 182 votes respectively.

Wilbur Kachmar gained 205 votes in her unopposed bid for a seat on the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees.

Voters also considered ballot questions regarding adoption of an ordinance setting how excess funds from the sale of tax-acquired properties should be disbursed and a $2.36 million capital improvement project.

The ordinance question passed 181-51. The ordinance allows the town to give any funds remaining from the sale of a tax-acquired property back to the affected property owner after past-due taxes and other expenses are deducted. The property owner would have to meet with selectmen to make a case for why they should be entitled to the funds.

Voters approved the capital improvement project 190-51. The $2.36 million project includes engineering costs and work to improve 13 roads and replace water lines along three of the roads. The ballot question authorized town officials to accept any grants to offset the cost to the town.

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