ASHLAND — A petitioned warrant article calling for a $775,000 bond issue to purchase the former Ashland Elementary School from the Tri-County Community Action Program and turn it into a new town library lost overwhelmingly in Tuesday's ballot voting.
Needing 260 votes to pass, warrant Article 4, which had been proposed by trustees of the town library, failed to even obtain a majority as it was on the short end of a 271-162 vote. A 60 percent vote was required for passage.
Also failing to pass, even though it obtained a 230-201 majority, was a proposal to purchase a $485,000 fire engine\pumper by appropriating $125,000 and making annual payments of $79,078 over the next five years. The article fell 29 votes short of the 259 required for passage.
Voters also rejected by a 202-205 vote an article which called for appropriating $25,000 for a town library building fund.
There were no contested races on the town ballot. Harold Lamos (210) survived a write-in challenge from former selectman Jeanette Stewart (176) to win a three-year term as selectman.
– Roger Amsden
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