St. Pierre Wins Charlestown Selectboard Seat; Voters Approve Budget

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Charlestown — Albert St. Pierre defeated incumbent Arthur Grenier, 382-225, for a three-year seat on the Selectboard, and voters approved all appropriations, including a $5.14 million budget during Town Meeting Day voting.

Also approved was an article to allow keno to be played in approved establishments, and $30,000 for the swimming pool rehabilitation capital reserve fund. The outdoor pool will need major renovations in two to three years, with estimated cost of around $100,000.

An advisory article asking voters if they should recommend to the Selectboard the use of off-road vehicles on all town roads was the only one to be defeated, 348-255.

Money for capital reserve funds, including for real estate appraisal, masonry restoration at the library and heavy equipment passed, as did the lease purchase of a new roll-off truck for the transfer station.

The establishment of a school research committee with an appropriation of $5,000 for postage and supplies passed, 377-231. The committee will be appointed by the Selectboard and will research and identify options to the town in October "for the education of Charlestown children."

Turnout was 18 percent, or 607 of the town’s 3,245 registered voters.