GILMANTON — The town will hold a recount at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Academy Building for the three-year seat for one position on the Board of Selectmen and for warrant Article 2 relative to banning biosolids.
The election results for selectman as reported on March 8 were 513 for Steve McWhinnie and 501 for Don Guarino, or a 1.25 percent difference in the number of votes cast. Town Clerk Tax Collector Debra Cornett said Guarino paid a $20 fee for the recount as is mandated by state law because the difference was greater than 1 percent.
The vote for the ban on biosolids was 501 for the ban and 531 against the ban. One of the lead petitioners Len Swanson and nine others petitioned the town for a recount and paid a $10 fee as is mandated by state law for petitioned articles.
Cornett said the Board of Recounts consists of her, Town Moderator Mark Sisti and the three selectmen. She said that because one of the requests for a recount involves Guarino and McWhinnie, outgoing Selectman Rachel Hatch will accompany Marshall Bishop and Michael Jean.
She said the first recount beginning at 6 p.m. will be for the selectman's seat and the second one will be for the sludge ban.
— Gail Ober
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