Towns to hold annual meetings, if only to vote to postpone
The towns of Cushing and Friendship will hold annual meetings Tuesday, March 19 as scheduled, but depending on the weather residents may only vote on one question — whether or not to re-convene at a later date.
Forecasts predicting substantial snowfall may make traveling a risk residents don't want to take, lowering turnout.
To postpone the meeting would be in violation of Maine law, as it has already been posted, said Town Clerks Lisa Young and Joel Fearn of Cushing and Friendship, respectively. Citizens will need to vote to proceed with or discontinue the Tuesday gatherings.
The Cushing meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the community center, while Friendship's is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hahn Community Center.
Polls are open from 2-8 p.m. in Cushing Monday, March 18, for residents to vote on a sex offender ordinance and a contested three-year select board term.
Martha Marchut and Randy Robbins are vying for the position.
In Friendship polls opened at 10 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m. on Monday for residents to vote on a contested three-year select board term between Raymond Brann and David E. Benner. Incumbent assessor Victor Motyka is running unopposed for another three-year term.
Friendship residents will also be asked to vote on whether to borrow up to $100,000 to buy a 2013 Kenworth Chassis 2,000-gallon pumper tanker fire truck. They will also be asked to decide whether to raise and appropriate $34,557 for the first annual payment toward the purchase of said truck.