North Haven voters approved a gross budget totaling $1,814,733 and elected 15 officials to 16 positions at a town meeting March 13 that lasted an hour and forty-five minutes.

Tom Marx moderated the meeting in which only three dissenting votes were cast for a warrant comprising 85 articles. Those negative responses came in response to requests for $51,133 for police protection, $1,700 for Christmas lights, and approximately $600 to grade and fill portions of the Witherspoon airstrip.

While the person voting against the police protection funds was not available to explain his vote, Kenny Corson said he opposed spending what he considered to be an excessive amount of tax dollars for holidays.

“It should be voluntary,” Corson said.

Jamie Davisson said he voted against having the town pay for work on the Witherspoon airstrip because it’s private property. According to Town Administrator Joe Stone, the town derives a benefit from keeping the strip operational and carries no liability. Stone said Penobscot Island Air has asked the town to intervene with the abutting property owner to help keep the airstrip usable and safe, but the owner has not cooperated. The abutter is a summer resident who balked at allowing work to be done on trimming the trees, he said.

While the first few elections were carried out by written ballot, it was decided unanimously, following the nomination of Sally Robbins for assessor of taxes, to use a show of hands for those positions that had only one candidate running.

More than one candidate was nominated for each of the following positions. Election for these posts was carried out by written ballot, with the results as shown. Winners are listed first.

  • North Haven Medical Services Board for three years – Alicia Brown, 62 votes; Collette Haskell, 20 votes; Callie Davisson, 1 vote.
  • Maine School Administrative District 7 board member for three years – Nancy Hopkins Davisson, 48 votes; Patsy Lannon, 41 votes
  • Maine School Administrative District 7 board member for three years – Hannah Pingree, 56 votes; Patsy Lannon, 30 votes; David Jermann, 3 votes.

The following positions were filled without opposition:

  • Selectman for three years – Bill Trevaskis
  • Assessor of taxes for three years – Sally Robbins
  • Budget Committee for two years – Becky Bartovics, Kat Alexander and Josh Amato
  • Fire chief for one year – Forrest Sprague
  • North Haven Medical Services board for three years – Tammy Brown
  • Planning Board for five years – Becky Bartovics
  • Board of Appeals for five years – Keith Eaton
  • Road commissioner for one year – Elliott Brown
  • Mullins Head Park commissioners for three years – Amber Quinn and Melanie Cooper Brown
  • North Haven Recreation Council for three years – Cecily Pingree and Jacqueline Curtis

The appointed position of animal control officer remains vacant.

John Storck is stepping down as selectman. Micki Campbell did not seek reelection to the school board.

Voters had few questions for Town Administrator Stone, and there was frequent laughter as the warrant was reviewed.

An article calling for a 1 cent appropriation to reconcile a payroll account drew the explanation that such corrections could not be made in the software program that handles payroll, and needed to be accomplished at town meeting.

“You have to count every penny,” Stone said.

During the part of the agenda that dealt with funds for the fire department, Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Hannah Pingree, who has served the maximum number of consecutive terms in the House, stood to thank the members of the fire department and emergency medical services for their commitment to the community in handling 911 calls at all hours.

Renovation of the town office is under way, Stone said. He said the town office began using the early 1900s schoolhouse in 1974. At that time the town shared space with the historical society. Last year, Stone said, the historical society moved to a new location, giving the town an opportunity to convert the former archives room into a meeting space for selectmen. A handicapped-accessible bathroom, new windows and a more efficient layout are also part of the renovations. He said a fireproof vault is also being built for town records.

Stone said the work was begun last year, and it cost more than expected.

Voters approved a measure that called for approval of a boundary line agreement that will result in the town taking possession of a lot in Pulpit Harbor that has been used for public parking for more than 30 years. The parcel’s owners, the Lamont family, have agreed to sell the lot to the town for $1, Stone said.

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by e-mail at sauciello@villagesoup.com.