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South Thomaston residents enact retail pot ban

By Stephen Betts | Mar 28, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts South Thomaston Selectmen from left, Cheryl Waterman, Jan Gaudio and Walter Reitz and Town Administrator Terri Baines open the March 27 annual town meeting.

South Thomaston — Marijuana can be smoked in South Thomaston, but if you want to buy pot when the state allows it, you will have to go elsewhere.

South Thomaston residents overwhelmingly approved a ban on the retail sale of marijuana during their annual town meeting Tuesday night, March 27, at the Gilford Butler School.

"You can smoke them if you want, but you will want to buy them in Rockland, or wherever else you can," Selectman Walter Reitz said.

There was little discussion on the retail ban at the town meeting attended by about 55 residents.

Jan Gaudio was reelected to the Board of Selectmen without opposition.

Jason McLean was elected to be the town's sole representative on the Regional School Unit 13 Board as a write-in candidate. No one had taken out nomination papers for the seat vacated in January by Jesse Butler.

McLean grew up in the area and graduated from Rockland District High School in 2002. He has two young daughters who have yet to enter the school system.

He returned to town after 10 years in Portland. He said he wanted to be active in the community.

A municipal budget that is up 12 percent from last year was approved overwhelmingly after numerous questions.

The overall 2018 municipal budget was approved at $1,285,443, up 12 percent from the approved 2017 budget of $1,147,534.

The general government budget was approved at $330,971.

The public safety budget rises from $274,913 to $322,626. The ambulance division is largely behind that increase ($129,447 to $161,275). The selectmen approved a contract with the St. George Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Association to provide management and support for the town's emergency medical services need. That took effect Jan. 1.

Selectman Cheryl Waterman said the increase is due to the management contract with St. George, as well as added personnel costs.

Budget Committee member Moira Paddock pointed out that former ambulance leaders Patricia Dougherty and Richard Norman had devoted so much time to the service at no charge that the community did not know the true cost of the emergency medical services operation.

Waterman praised the pair for the many years they served the community as EMS director and assistant director. Both remain members of the service.

The public works budget was approved at $233,191, up from $216,819.

The health and sanitation budget was approved at $204,882, down from $208,562.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Don Dickinson | Mar 28, 2018 10:21

You would think the town would choose a better location for their town meeting so people wouldn't park in both travel lanes of Route 73.

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