Jay voters choose selectmen, approve municipal budget
JAY - Residents cast ballots for the annual town meeting Tuesday evening, in addition to voting for state primary candidates, the county dispatch center bond and the RSU 73 school budget.
Voters selected Pearl Cook to serve a three-year term on the board of selectmen. Cook received 334 votes, more than opponent Laurence Thornton's 266 votes, in the only contested municipal race. Selectman Steve McCourt, the board's current chair, ran unopposed and received 538 votes.
Two directors on the RSU 73 board, Michael Morrell and Darcie Comstock, were both reelected to three-year terms.
Most of the $6.26 million municipal budget passed by a wide margin, including all articles pertaining to town department budgets. The budget was down roughly $35,000 from the current fiscal year.
Voters did narrowly defeat Article 29, which asked residents to raise and appropriate $1,500 to Safe Voices, a nonprofit organization. Formerly known as the Abused Women's Advocacy Program or "AWAP," Safe Voices provides assistance to the victims of domestic abuse. Residents opted not to fund the agency by a vote of 313 to 332, with 48 ballots leaving the article blank.
An ordinance allowing residents to take advantage of Efficiency Maine weatherization funds passed, as did an amendment to the Jay Environmental Control and Improvement Ordinance. Residents voted down the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Administrative Ordinance, which would regulate construction permits, inspections and record-keeping.
As of July 1, according to Maine statute, towns with populations in excess of 4,000 people without an ordinance of this type must adopt the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.