At its April 17 meeting, the Warren Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 not to enter into an agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 90 and Western Road.

This is the second time the board has defeated the measure. The same project was considered in 2010.

"Public safety personnel spoke in favor of the light at our last meeting," said Interim Town Manager Glenn Aho April 18.

Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, I-Friendship, presented the project at the board's previous meeting, and was on hand April 17 for questions.

Doug Pope, board chairman, was the lone vote in favor of the project.

"I'm not sure why the others didn't vote for the measure," said Pope. "Personally, I live close to there and it is a bad intersection," he said.

In a letter to the editor, Evangelos expressed his dismay at the board's decision.

"If the safety light averted just one accident per year, it would more than cover the annual cost of operating the light," he wrote.

Evangelos said the town would be responsible for electricity to operate the light, ongoing maintenance, and insurance.

The next meeting of the selectmen will be May 1 at 7 p.m. at the town office.

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