TREMONT — Voters at the polls Monday approved having selectmen negotiate with the town of Southwest Harbor for police protection, elected two new selectmen and filled five school positions.
Residents voted 181-89 in approving the law enforcement question, which was on the ballot as the result of a citizen petition. Voters were asked if the town should negotiate and enter into a three-year contract with Southwest Harbor for “law enforcement services including criminal law, civil infractions, town ordinances and animal control services” beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The ballot question set caps for a contract, which are not to exceed $105,000 for the first year, $108,000 the second and $111,000 for the third.
The vote does not guarantee that Southwest Harbor will be patrolling Tremont next year. There currently is no proposal from Southwest Harbor, and selectmen there would first have to authorize the town manager to submit one.
McKenzie Jewett and Howard “Howdy” Goodwin were elected to three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen with 199 and 153 votes, respectively. Former Selectman Scott Grierson received 123 votes in his bid for one of the two open seats.
Races for two School Committee and three high school board of trustee seats were uncontested.
Amy Rich was elected to a three-year seat on the School Committee with 241 votes. Incumbent Jennifer Horner received 245 votes for a one-year seat.
David “Jed” Campbell was returned to a three-year seat on the High School Board of Trustees with 228 votes. Amy Harper received 234 votes and Keri Hayes 240 votes for two-year and one-year trustee seats.
The turnout was heavy, with 270 of the town 1,202 registered voters casting ballots, according to Town Clerk Katie Dandurand. Last year, she said, only 125 residents voted.