Dummer has a new selectman, backs Kenney council seat
DUMMER – The town of Dummer has a new selectman with Richard Ouellette defeating incumbent Diane Labbe, 42 to 26.
There were no other races on the town ballot. There were also no races on the school ballot.
In the executive council race, Dummer chose Republican Joseph Kenney over Democrat Michael Cryans, 45 to 23.
Dummer held both its school and town meetings Tuesday night.
On the school warrant, voters were asked if they wanted to continue participating in the cooperative school study that over the past year has been looking at the feasibility of Dummer and Milan joining the towns in the GRS (Gorham, Randolph and Sherburne) Cooperative School District to form a new cooperative school district.
Voters almost unanimously voted not to continue participating in that study. One of the major concerns is the additional time students would have to be on the bus to get to Gorham.
Although the article was advisory, residents gave a clear message to the school board.
Residents voted 25 to 2 to continue in the AREA agreement it has with Milan for another 10 years. Dummer students attend the Milan Village School up to grade six.
On the town side, a petition article to raise $33,000 to design, engineer, purchase and install a wood pellet heating system passed with one "no" vote and three abstentions. Ed Solar was commended for his efforts toward obtaining grants to help fund the project. Selectmen had not recommended passage of this article.
Residents were given two options regarding the bridge on old Route 110. The first was to raise $75,000 for a design study to replace the bridge, $60,000 to come from state aid bridge grants, $15,000 to come from capital reserve. The estimated future cost to replace it is $1,091,841, with $873,473 to come from grants and $218,369 to come from taxation. This article passed 30 to 17 and so the second option was passed over.
That option would have asked for $40,000 for a design study to remove the bridge, $32,000 to come from State Aid Bridge Grants and $8,000 to come from capital reserve. The estimate to remove the bridge was $525,697.