Friendship voters approve funds for new fire truck
Friendship — The ballots were cast and counted March 18 and the contested three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen went to David E. Benner. Residents also approved funds for a new fire truck and to have fireworks during Friendship Day.
Benner received 125 of the 184 votes cast to fill the seat left vacant by Earl Bachelder. His opposition, Raymond Brann, received 38 votes, according to Town Clerk Joel Fearn.
Incumbent assessor Victor Motyka ran unopposed and was elected to another three-year term.
No one took out nomination papers to run for an elected three-year term on the school board.
Residents also voted in favor of borrowing $100,000 to buy a 2013 Kenworth Chassis 2,000-gallon pumper tanker fire truck. The votes were 112 in favor, 69 against, and three blank ballots.
As part of the referendum, townspeople also voted in favor of raising and appropriating $34,557 for the first annual payment toward the purchase of the fire truck, as well as appropriating $50,000 from the Town Vehicle Replacement Fund and $120,000 from the General Fund. The total amount spent will not exceed $270,000.
The referendum for raising and appropriating $6,500 for fireworks, which will be set off over the harbor Saturday, July 27 as part of Friendship Day 2013, passed by a vote of 91 in favor, 88 against, and five blank ballots.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.