Darrow Wins Grafton Selectboard Seat

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grafton — Grafton voters approved a $1.1 million operating budget, but decided to keep their road agent as an elected, rather than appointed, position. 

A petitioned article that sought to make the road agent post (currently held by Robert Bassett) a Selectboard appointee was rejected 156-121.

The budget, which is up $8,647 over last year and includes a new full-time police officer,  was approved 144-113.

Voters approved a variety of capital reserve expenditures, including $35,000 for the highway department and $30,000 for a bridge fund, but rejected adding $25,000 to the Library Capital Reserve Fund on a vote of 160-112. Voters also rejected capital reserve funding for a roll-off truck, and a storage vault. 

Steve Darrow's 148 votes were enough to win a three-year seat on the Selectboard over Maureen O'Reilly (57 votes), Dennis McKean (39 votes) and Albert Bassett (30 votes).

Dorothy Campbell handily won a treasurer post over Margaret Emslie on a 209-54 vote, while Pamela Curran defeated Brian Fellers for a seat on the budget committee,176-85. Fellers and Frank Neufell both won three-year seats on the Planning Board.

Deborah Black beat Catherine Mulholland for a term as supervisor of the checklist, and Daniel Moore won a trustee of trust funds position over Brenda Walker.


Brian Fellers, with 92 vo tes, and Frank Neufell, 170, were both elected to three-year seats on the Grafton Planning Board in Town Meeting Day ballot voting. An earlier version of this story incorrectly described how Fellers fared.