Town meeting June 18

Vinalhaven nursing home seeks assistance from town

By Kim Lincoln | Jun 05, 2014

Island residents will decide whether to appropriate $53,000 to aid Vinalhaven Eldercare Services, an assisted living facility, when they head to town meeting Wednesday, June 18.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium.

At the polls Tuesday, June 10, residents will decide a contested race for a single seat on the School Administrative District 8 Board of Directors.

Incumbent Bruce Philip is being challenged by Kelsey Barker. The term is for three years.

A pair of seats on the Board of Selectmen are up for grabs, which will filled by write-in votes. The seats, which are both for three years, are currently held by Penny Lazaro and Jessica MacDonald Martin.

Pam Alley is also running for reelection to the water district.

Residents will decide on a $2.5 million municipal budget, which is nearly unchanged from this year. Taxes to Knox County for services are $506,130 and School Administrative District 8 budget is unchanged at $2.7 million.

The Vinalhaven Eldercare Services is asking the town for $53,000. The town has never before appropriated any funds for this purpose, according to Town Manager Marjorie Stratton.

The town is also asking residents to support a $650,000 paving project.

The breakdown by department is as follows:

Administration — $302,156, up $23,732

Town property — $140,544, down $5,135

Law enforcement — $110,887, up $10,132

Fire department — $118,668, up $3,051

Ambulance — $167,706, up $22,642

Transfer station — $289,004, down $18,685

Public works — $355,570, up $27,351

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at

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