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Orange Voters Approve Zoning Rule Changes

Orange — Residents overwhelmingly approved a change to the zoning ordinance that will align the town’s definition of a junkyard with state law.

While the previous wording of the ordinance focused solely on automobiles, the updated one expands the definition of a junkyard to include scrapped metal, machines and debris, in addition to cars. Voters approved the change, 104-26.

The 140 residents who cast ballots in Orange during Town Meeting on Tuesday narrowly elected Patricia Mercer to a three-year seat on the Selectboard over write-in candidate Donald Pfaefflin, 68-65.

All of the other races on the ballot were uncontested. Sophie Seace was re-elected as town clerk. Judith Lindahl and George White were elected to three-year seats on the Planning Board. Robert Proulx won a three-year seat on the Budget Committee, and Scott Sandborn was elected road agent. All other individuals listed on the ballot were also elected to the positions.

Voters will meet tonight at 7 to act on the remaining 10 articles, which include one that proposes a $227,264 budget, up roughly $7,500 from the current year’s spending; a 3 percent tax break for residents who pay taxes early; appropriating $27,602 to build and maintain class 4 and 5 highways; and allocating $9,500 for separate capital reserve funds.

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