Harrison nixes tar sands transport

HARRISON — Voters took a stand Tuesday against tar sands, overwhelmingly agreeing to have selectmen issue a resolution stating their concerns and opposition to transporting tar sands through the Portland Pipeline that runs through their town. The vote was 156 in favor of the resolution, and 59 against.

Voters also passed the SAD 17 budget for the upcoming year by a vote of 139–59, and agreed, by a vote of 142–53, to continue the district’s budget validation referendum process for an additional three years.

Kathleen Laplante was re-elected to another three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. She ran unopposed, and garnered 183 votes. Write-in candidates were required for the two open seats on the SAD 17 Board of Directors — and Ann Macro received 103 write-in votes.

John Strickland received 116 write-in votes for a five-year seat on the Appeals Board, and Barbara Varricchio received 169 votes. Incumbent candidate Bob Celeste received 148 votes to return to one of two open seats on the Planning Board; the other seat required a write-in vote, and those results are under review.

A total of 217 registered voters took part in Tuesday’s elections, representing an 11% turnout.

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