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Lincoln town meeting wrap-up 2018

LINCOLN — Voters in Lincoln re-elected Paul Forlenza and James Needham to the selectboard on Town Meeting Day, and re-elected Sally Ober to a one-year term as town clerk. The three ran unopposed.
In a contested race for a Lincoln seat on the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board, Sarah McClain defeated Annie Svitavsky, 321–113.
Also on Town Meeting Day, Lincoln voters, along with MAUSD voters from the four other district towns, approved a $28,343,828 budget for the coming school year, 1,734–1,231, with all ballots commingled. By nearly the same margin, 1785–1196, those same voters rejected a proposed bond for the renovation of Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School.
At Monday night’s meeting in Burnham hall a majority of the 120 in attendance approved:
•  $978,893 in Highway Fund spending
•  $385,102 in General Fund spending
•  Spending up to $30,000 on energy-efficiency improvements to the Town Garage
•  Voted appropriations totaling $139,006.
Highway paving  and Town Garage improvements inspired a fair amount of discussion at the meeting, said Town Clerk Sally Ober.
The selectboard, while acknowledging that residents wanted timely improvements to town paving, explained that skim-coating on some roads would not fix the larger structural issues that need to be addressed. They also explained that though the Town Garage isn’t that old, there were areas of the building vulnerable to rot because of insufficient insulation, Ober said.
Voters also approved by voice vote, after lengthy discussion, a nonbinding resolution urging action on renewable energy in accordance with the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan.

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