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Voters go to polls Tuesday, June 11
AREA — Local elections are being held on Tuesday, June 11. Here's what's on the ballot in our towns.
A budget validation referendum on a proposed $35.9 million 2013-2014 school budget will be on the ballot in Waterford, Harrison, Oxford, Otisfield, Norway, Paris, West Paris and Hebron. Residents will vote whether to affirm the budget during a budget hearing and meeting June 6.
In addition, voters in the eight towns will be asked whether they want to continue with a ballot referendum, or discontinue the practice and adopt the budget at a public meeting of SAD 17 voters, similar to a town meeting.
The issue with the highest visibility for Paris is whether to keep the Paris Police Department or contract with the Oxford County Sheriff for police services.
Voters will be asked whether they want to approve an inter-local agreement with Oxford County for the Oxford County Sheriff's Department to provide police patrol for the town.
Voters will also choose two selectmen for three-year terms. The candidates are current Selectboard Chairman Sam Elliot, Selectman Robert Wessels, Michael Risica and Janet Jamison.
Other candidates are Michael F. Dignan who is running for reelection to the SAD 17 School Board and Garrick Frost, who is running for a seat on the Paris Utility District Board of Trustees.
Oxford residents will vote on selectmen, school board and water district trustees. Selectmen Jay Goforth and Scott Owens are running unopposed for reelection to three-year terms. Olive Sanborn and Ron Kugell are also running unopposed for three-year terms on the SAD 17 Board of Directors and Tom Kennison is running unopposed to stay on as a trustee of the Oxford Water District.
Voters will choose two selectmen, a school board member and three library trustees.
Bruce Cook and Selectman Mike Twitchell are running for two three-year seats on the selectboard.
Current SAD 17 school board member Donald Ware is running for relection to his seat for a three year-term.
Tom Curtis, Doris Ray and David Wilson are running to be Norway Memorial Library Trustee for a three-year term.
A referendum question will ask residents whether the town's selectmen should issue a resolution stating their concerns and opposition to any form of processed tar sands being piped through the town of Harrison.
Voters will also vote for selectboard, school board and members of the appeals board and planning board.
Kathleen Laplante is running unopposed for a seat on the board of selectmen and board of assessors. Both the SAD 17 Board of Directors and appeals board require a write-in candidate.
Barbara Varricchio is running for a one-year term on the planning board and Robert Celeste is running for a three-year planning board term. A third three-year planning board term requires a write-in candidate.
Buckfield voters will be presented with a referendum on the RSU 10 budget and candidates for selectboard and RSU 10 board of directors.
The $36 million RSU 10 budget for 2013-2014 was approved by residents of the 12-town district at a budget meeting on May 30. It represents a 3-percent increase from last year's school budget.
Glen Holmes and Cheryl Coffman are running for an open three-year term on the board of selectmen and board of assessors.
Michelle Casey is challenging incumbent Maida Demers-Dobson for a seat on the RSU 10 board of directors.
Sumner has the RSU 10 budget validation on its ballot.
Paris: Paris Fire Station, 137 Western Avenue, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oxford: Oxford Public Safety Building, Route 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Norway: Norway Fire Station, 19 Danforth Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Harrison: Harrison Town Office, 20 Front Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Waterford: Waterford Town Office, 336 Valley Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Otisfield: Otisfield Town Office, 403 State Route 121, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hebron: Hebron Town Office, 351 Paris Road, 8 a.m. to 8.p.m.
West Paris: West Paris Town Office, 25 Kingsbury Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Buckfield: Buckfield Town Office, 34 Turner Street 8 a.m. to 8.p.m.
Sumner: Sumner Fire Station, 633 Main Street, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.