Bond for new Ashland library falls short

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

Markland, McDonald elected in Alton

ALTON — John Markland (456) and Virgil Macdonald (383) won three-year terms as selectmen in Tuesday's town voting, defeating Raymond Howard Jr. (366), Tim Macdonald (253) and Steve Miller (220).
In the only other contest on the ballot Dick Quindley (397) won a three-year term as water commissioner by topping Richard Glidden (361) and Tim Macdonald (122).
Voters approved a $6,900,267 operating budget 565-435, and approved funding for nonprofit outside agencies, including the Community Action Program at $8,900; Central VNA and Hospice at $12,000; American Red Cross at $1; Alton Community Services at $12,000; Medicaid Bridge Prescription Program at $227; New Beginnings at $1,530; Genesis at $15,750; Caregivers of Southern Carroll County and Vicinity at $2,000; Court Appointed Special Advocates at $500; Appalachian Mountain Teen Project at $2,400, and Child and Family Services at $2,500.
A proposed change to the town warrant recommended by selectmen which would have listed all nonprofit outside agencies in a single warrant article and established a committee to review all requests was defeated 456-521.

— Roger Amsden

Leavitt, Ball win Alton School Board seats

ALTON — Peter Leavitt (644) and Michael Ball (499) won three-year terms on the Alton School Board, outdistancing Connie Racine (338) and Faye LaCourse (253).
Voters rejected the proposed $15,174,547 operating budget 576-439, which means a default budget of $15,020,238 will take effect.
Voters had added $250,000 to the Alton school district's operating budget at the deliberative session of the school district by a vote of 45-26, which supporters of the move had said at the time was needed to preserve teaching staff levels at the Alton Central School.
The school board subsequently voted 4-0 to oppose the change in the operating budget and the town budget committee voted 3-2 against the change.
The budget reflects $4,637,339 towards the operating budget of Prospect Mountain High School, which is jointly operated by Alton and Barnstead.
Voters approved a one-year contract with the Alton Education Association, which will add $104,521 to the school budget, by a 612-414 vote.
They also supported a warrant article seeking a $479,500 appropriation for roof repairs at Prospect Mountain High School by a 673-333 vote. The sum represents half of the $959,000 roof repair project and will require a similar amount from the Barnstead school district.

– Roger Amsden