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Grafton OKs budget, highway truck

Staff Report
Published: 3/9/2021 9:32:25 PM
Modified: 3/9/2021 9:32:24 PM

GRAFTON – Voters elected one person to the Selectboard and two to the Planning Board, including a write-in candidate during Town Meeting Tuesday.

They also passed a $1.16 million general fund budget in a 211-80 vote. 

Political newcomer Thomas McGinty was elected to a three-year seat on the Selectboard with 147 votes, replacing longtime board member Steve Darrow, who opted not to run again this year. McGinty beat out candidates Leon Dugan, a former board member who got 117 votes, and Rich Angell, a former Planning Board member who received 29. 

For two three-year seats on the Planning Board, voters elected Sabrina Kirwan with 209 votes and write-in candidate Emelia Cushing, who received 126 votes. They both beat out Brian Fellers, who received 88 votes and Angell, who ran in two elections and received 58 votes. 

Residents also pushed through several articles, including an article authorizing the town to spend nearly $115,000 to purchase a new 2 ½-ton truck, with the money coming from the Highway Department Capital Reserve Fund and from the surplus fund balance. That article passed in a 187-112 vote. 

Another article, asking to raise Selectboard members’ salaries from $2,000 to $2,500 a year was voted down in a 163-143 vote.

—Anna Merriman

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