Veteran selectmen win Warren electionTown meeting is March 25
Warren — Two former selectmen will return to the board after residents cast their ballots during a municipal election March 24.
William Lufkin beat out Marianne Pellicani, 169 to 124, for the first seat on the Board of Selectmen, replacing Dan Davey. Deputy moderator John Crabtree tallied the votes.
The seat vacated by out-going Chairman Doug Pope was filled by Wayne Luce with 181 votes. Anthony Jameson received 93 votes by write-in, and there were two other scattered write-in ballots cast.
Three seats on the Warren Sanitary District were filled by Robert Graham, John Cooke and Mark Anderson — with votes of 254, 262 and 273, respectively.
For the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors, Dennis Wooster ran uncontested and received 252 votes.
All positions are for three-year terms.
Warren residents will hold its annual town meeting Tuesday, March 25.
"We are very, very close to last year," said Town Manager Elaine Clark of the proposed budget — which shows a slight increase of $5,100 or 0.62 percent from 2013.
Clark noted the biggest factor in the budget process was assuming the projection on the State Registrar's website accurate for revenue sharing. Last year, Warren's figure was $270,000. This year's figure shows $72,000 less or $198,000.
"What you are going to see throughout are small reductions in many line items that add up to significant savings," said Clark.
The gross municipal budget was whittled to $2,192,627 — down from last year's approved budget of $2,264,729.
The net budget after deducting all revenues is $846,187, according to Clark.
The budget numbers include the actual Knox County budget and the revenue sharing projected, noted Clark.
Warren, like the four other towns in Regional School Unit 40, await the school budget — which is in the works.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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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 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 working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.