Fireworks narrowly approved in FriendshipRecreational stipends fail
Friendship — Fireworks will be set off over Friendship Harbor this summer, after residents passed a secret ballot question by one vote, 87 to 86, March 17.
The question asked voters to support raising $6,500 for fireworks as part of Friendship Day 2014. The approval gave the go-ahead for funding. The fireworks will be set off July 26.
Moderator Margaret Gagnon was on hand to certify that all ballots were counted and tabulated accurately. Of the 946 registered voters in town, 175 cast their ballots.
Two articles that failed dealt with funding stipends for the recreation director and ball field maintenance director. Residents voted 99 to 74 against raising $1,000 as a stipend for the recreation director and 105 to 66 against the proposed $1,500 annual stipend for a yet to be created maintenance position.
Other articles gaining voter approval were:
— raising $5,000 to be split between the town clerk and town treasurer for the purchase of health care insurance, 129 to 44.
— $1,500 for each the road and snow budgets to increase the hourly wage of the road commissioner from $16.47 to $17.50 and snowplow drivers from $15 to $16 per hour, 105 to 68.
— raising $12,000 for the fire department budget to increase the fire chief's salary from $4,000 to $5,000 and pay an hourly rate for all calls and mandatory training, 126 to 48.
Residents also voted into office incumbent Arthur "Bubba" Thompson Jr. as selectman, 151 yes with 8 other scattered write-in votes and Pamela Cabanas as assessor, 149 yes with one write-in vote.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.