FRYEBURG, Maine — Tom Klinepeter and Jim Dutton will be Fryeburg’s new selectmen after a day of voting Tuesday at the American Legion building.
Klinepeter and Dutton won the two open three-year selectman’s seats with 270 and 184 votes, respectively, besting Paul Naughton’s 148 votes.
Linda Card was re-elected to her three-year MSAD 72 school board director seat with 274 votes in an unopposed race.
The other open school board seat, vacated by Chris Mattei, was not filled due to a lack of filed nomination papers for the six-member board.
A warrant article, Article 1, on a contract between MSAD 72 and Fryeburg Academy for 10 years, was also approved.
Town Clerk Theresa Shaw said there was low turnout, with just 338 ballots cast in total.
Tom Rebmann was re-elected to a three-year term and Nora Schwarz a two-year term on the Fryeburg Water District board of trustees.
According to trustees chair Greg Huang-Dale, the write-in candidate with the highest votes, James Ahern, was ruled ineligible, and the next candidate with the highest write-in votes couldn’t be reached.
The seat will be announced when the winning candidate accepts the position.
Town meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Bradley Street, where residents will vote on Articles 3-55.
Town reports, delayed due to a printing problem, are available at the town office, Fryeburg Public Library, Spice & Grain, and Trumbulls Hardware.
At Selectman Rick Eastman’s last meeting before retirement from the select board on Thursday, the board gave a final farewell to the longtime public official.
“I just want to thank you, what do you have, 32 years between Lovell and here? That’s a lot of civic duty,” said Selectman Tom Klinepeter.
Selectman Tom Kingsbury said he couldn’t have asked for a better person to learn from during his first term as selectman.
Eastman said he remembered his first selectmen's meeting in Lovell, Maine, in front of 100 people when the only question asked of him was one for which he hadn’t done his due diligence.
“I had to say, ‘I don’t know, but I’ll find out for you,’ and I vowed that would never happen again,” he said.
Tearing up, Eastman said it was an “absolute joy” to serve the town of Fryeburg.
“This community has been good to my family, and it’s the least I can do to give back to them.”
Eastman used his final moments behind the table to praise Town Manager Sharon Jackson, who is also retiring soon.
“Your town manager is as good as it gets, she’s a wealth of knowledge and history,” he said. “You will never question if Sharon Jackson will be at the table … she turned this town around.”
On closing his final meeting, Eastman used the gavel to adjourn, noting, “Thirty-two years I’ve never had to use this gavel.”
“It’s been a good run.”