BUXTON – Buxton voters Tuesday re-elected Jean Harmon and Robert Libby to three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen, while rejecting a plan to reuse a former school.

In a crowded race for two selectmen seats, Libby topped the field of seven candidates with 361 votes, closely followed by Harmon, with 355. Susan Orfant Gillette finished a close third, tallying 323, followed by Penny Booker, 298; Linda Warren Pulsoni, 223; Daniel Colomy, 220; and Cheryl Emery, 109.

Running unopposed, Town Clerk John Myers was re-elected to a three-year term, receiving 982 votes.

Hilda Lynch, running as a write-in candidate, was re-elected to a three-year term as a director at Maine School Administrative District 6. She defeated Stephen Heroux, also a write-in candidate, 58-38.

Buxton voters narrowly rejected a plan to lease the former Hanson School from School Administrative District 6. The measure lost by just 10 votes, 546-536. Proponents advocated saving the building for re-use as a community center.

Under the proposal, the town would have leased the building for $1 for a year and voters were also asked to appropriate $68,000 for the first year.

Buxton voters also approved two measures to amend local shoreland zoning ordinances to reduce buffers at Bonny Eagle Pond and along the Saco River from 300 to 250 feet. Town ordinances now will match minimum guidelines of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Myers reported that Buxton voters cast 1,103 ballots, representing an 18.6-percent turnout of 5,928 registered voters.


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