Charlestown approves broadband bond

Published: 3/10/2021 1:18:51 PM
Modified: 3/10/2021 1:18:50 PM

CHARLESTOWN —  Voters elected town officers in three contested races and passed a bond that will expand broadband internet to every street in Charlestown during Town Meeting ballot voting on Tuesday. 

The $2.1 million bond will fund construction of a fiber-optic network in the town by Consolidated Communications. The company, rather than taxpayers, will pay interest on the loan. The bond needed 60% of approval to pass and was approved, 449-227.

In addition to the bond, voters passed a $5.9 million budget in a 430-248 vote. That number includes the town operating budget, as well as the water and sewer funds budget.

In another noteworthy article, voters approved a $4.6 water interconnection project, which would connect the Charlestown and North Charlestown water systems in order to reduce arsenic levels in the North Charlestown system. The article needed 60% approval to pass and easily achieved that, 458-207.

Some of the biggest items on this year’s ballot were a handful of contested races, including the race for two Selectboard members to three-year positions. Shelly Blouin-Andrus, who received 310 votes, and Jeremy C. Wood, who received 268 votes, won that race. They were picked out of a pool of five candidates that included Nancy Houghton (264), Steven Neill (237) and a board member running for re-election, John Streeter (171).

In another contested race for two three-year seats on the Planning Board, voters picked Alissa Bascom with 425 votes and re-elected Patricia Chaffee, with 326 votes, out of a four-candidate pool that included Walter Spilsbury (263) and Rose Smith-Hull (186). 

For two three-year library trustee positions voters elected Diane Town (437) and Judith Baraly (341) over third candidate Karen Haskell (253). They also elected Dennis Piper (351) over Gerard Kilyk (174) for a single cemetery trustee position.

—Anna Merriman


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