LINCOLN — At Monday night’s annual meeting, Lincoln voters approved the Lincoln Community School budget from the floor for the last time.
The 2017-2018 LCS budget is $2,101,791. Next year all Addison Northeast Supervisory Union elementary school budgets will be voted on by Australian ballot as part of a single Addison Northeast Supervisory District budget. The unified ANESD will commence full educational and operational services on July 1, 2018.
Lincoln voters also approved Highway Fund expenditures of $1,023,935 and General Fund expenditures of $336,950.
Town Clerk Sally Ober reported that one of the most intensely debated issues Monday night was over authorizing $75,000 to roof and repair the old town shed as unheated storage for town highway vehicles and equipment. The discussion lasted over 20 minutes as residents considered the cost of repairing the building, the cost of demolishing it and the cost of a new structure. Lincoln built a new town garage over 10 years ago. The 2001 bond for the town garage is expected to be paid off by fiscal year 2021.
In the end, voters approved the $75,000 as it was warned.
Voters approved a total of $112,296 to fund Lincoln-based organizations, including:
• $55,896 for the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company.
• $44,000 for the Lincoln Library.
• $5,000 for the Lincoln Cemetery Association.
As part of that $112,296, residents doubled the amount requested by the Lincoln Conservation Commission for invasive species removal, upping the proposed $200 to $400. Conservation Commission members will use the funds in part to organize a “Green Up”-style communitywide event to remove poison parsnip and wild chervil especially, said Ober.
A $7,500 appropriation to the Bristol Rescue Squad won approval.
The Lincoln selectboard had warned $18,210 for 19 county-wide agency requests and all were approved with one exception. Residents voted not to fund the Addison County Economic Development Corporation in any amount.
This brought the total approved for 18 local agencies to $17,710, including:
• $2,500 to the Bristol Recreation Department.
• $2,000 to HOPE (Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects).
• $1,600 to the Counseling Service of Addison County.
• $1,250 to WomenSafe.
* $400 to Addison County River Watch.
On Town Meeting Day, two of Lincoln’s three contested elections went to incumbents. Will Sipsey defeated challenger Alan Kamman, 148-137, for town moderator. Mark Truax defeated Matthew Collins for second constable, 145-121.
Kamman, however, became Lincoln’s new school meeting moderator, defeating Sipsey, 144-139.
Other town officials elected unopposed included: Sally Ober, town clerk; Lisa Truchon, town treasurer and lister; Bill Finger and Oakley Smith for selectboard; and Joshua Otey for first constable.
Also on Town Meeting Day, Lincoln together with the other four towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union approved the $12,261,839 Mount Abraham Union High School spending plan, 1,333-796, with all ballots commingled. The Mount Abe spending plan represents an 8.42 percent decrease from the current academic year. The budget includes $1 million to fix the aging Mount Abe building.