Thomaston voters say yes to fireworks ban
Thomaston — The question "Shall an ordinance called the Town of Thomaston Consumer Fireworks and Sky Lantern Ordinance be enacted?" was answered at the polls June 10, as residents favored the ordinance by a vote of 197 to 116.
The ordinance bans any use of consumer fireworks and gives the town the authority to regulate fireworks.
A vote of "no" would have maintained the previous status quo in which the state of Maine has been allowing the use of consumer fireworks in all municipalities that do not regulate them.
Town Manager Valmore Blastow said the referendum vote was the fairest way to decide the issue and would allow more people to have input.
Selectmen held a public hearing April 28. Fewer than five residents attended to hear plans for the possible fireworks and sky lantern ordinance.
Voters also elected incumbents Peter Lammert and Lee-Ann Upham to fill the two three-year-terms on the Board of Selectmen, and Alan Wigglesworth to the Board of Assessors for a three-year-term.
There were no candidates to fill the two Regional School Unit 13 openings on the Board of Directors. A one-year and three-year term remain vacant.
Details of Thomaston's town meeting Wednesday, June 11 will be included in the June 19 edition.
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 15.