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March 12, 2014

Former police chief elected as Atkinson selectman

Former chief defeats incumbent by 15 votes


Several issues interested voters yesterday.

“I’m in favor of increasing the number of selectmen from three to five,” Andy Tenaglia, 61, said. “I think it will work out better with more people.”

The majority of voters agreed with Tenaglia, passing a warrant article to increase the number of selectmen, 789-736. The change won’t happen for a while. Voters will choose new selectmen at Town Meeting in 2015.

Tenaglia was also interested in a pair of citizens petition articles which would assist residents whose wells have been contaminated by 1,4 Dioxane.

“It’s a shame what those people have been through,” he said.

But both articles assisting affected homeowners failed.

Vernon MacNeill, 83, was interested in who the next selectmen would be.

“There’s been a lot of talk about that,” he said. “I just hope the best men win.”

Sara McManus hoped to see Consentino elected.

“I hope he gets in,” she said. “He used to be the chief and he has helped out the town,”

In the other contested race, Joyce LaFrance and Freda Muldoon were elected to three-year terms on the Conflict of Interest Committee. LaFrance received 827 votes and Muldoon received 564 votes. Gary Brownfield fell short with only 520 votes.

The $4.24 million operating budget passed by a narrow margin, 760-720.

Voters overwhelmingly directed the town to keep the police chief position part time for 36 months, 1,137-399.

Articles which failed included: purchasing a highway dump truck, 602-946; a club-cab truck, 644-898; a new generator for Town Hall, 648-913; new shutters for the Kimball House, 607-904.

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