Standish residents voted Greg T. Sirpis on to the Town Council and approved a special bond referendum totaling $1.6 million at Tuesday’s election.

Sirpis, running against William Orr, won the three-year, at-large council seat,  394-253. The seat was previously held by Lester Ordway, who decided not to run for re-election when his term ended.

Sirpis could not be reached for comment.

There were no other contested municipal races in Standish, but Betty Thompson received 32 of 51 write-in votes for a three-year at-large term on the Planning Board. With at least 25 write-in votes, Thompson qualifies for the position under the town charter, according to Town Clerk Mary Chapman.

Thompson, a resident 57 years, plans to accept the position, she said in an interview Wednesday morning. She said she ran the write-in campaign by making calls to residents.

“I’m really excited, because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for many many years,” she said.

The $1.6 million in spending will go toward capital improvement projects in the Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works Departments.

The town approved $428,000 in spending ($472,430 including estimated interest over 10 years) on equipment for the fire department, including a new fire engine, turnout gear and dry hydrants.

With $289,000 in spending, ($319,000 including estimated interest) the town plans to make improvements to Standish Memorial Park off Route 25, including an access road to the park off Diamond Lane. Johnson Field ballfields improvements and tennis court resurfacing are also included.

The town also approved $738,395 in spending ($815,046 including estimated interest) for resurfacing at the transfer station and road improvements on a number of roads in town.

Voters in School Administrative District 61 approved a $48.1 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Standish residents voted 475-230 in favor of the budget and voted 534-170 to continue the budget validation referendum for at least the next three years.

Elsewhere in the district, Buxton, Limington and Hollis also approved the school budget. Frye Island voters rejected it, 1-7.

At the town meeting on Saturday, June 18, residents will have the opportunity to vote on the municipality’s proposed $8.45 million budget. The meeting will be held at the Council Chambers starting at 9 a.m.

The following individuals were elected to Standish school and municipal positions without a contest:

Town Council:

Michael Delcourt: Area 3, three-year-term

Steve Nesbitt, At-large, one-year-term

Planning Board:

Carol Billington: Area 4, three-year-term

Cynthia Beckwith: Area 3, one-year-term

School Administrative District 6 Board of Directors:

Alan Dube

Paul Mosley

Philip Pomerleau

There are three open positions on the Budget Committee.

Standish town office


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