EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 13, 2013

Sherman, Ingerson elected in Plaistow

By Alex Lippa

---- — PLAISTOW — It took four tries, but Joyce Ingerson is finally a selectman.

Voters elected Ingerson and incumbent Selectman John Sherman to the board yesterday.

Sherman received the most votes with 526, while Ingerson was second with 365. Bruce Skofield received 271 votes.

“I’m looking forward to working with the board,” Ingerson said. “There are many challenges I will face and I’m really happy to have finally made it as a selectman.”

Ingerson will be replacing Charles “Buzzy” Blinn” who did not seek re-election after more than 20 years.

“I know I have some big shoes to fill,” she said. “But I have a lot of respect for him and wish him the best.”

Ingerson said this was her fourth time vying a selectman’s seat. Each time, she had lost by less than 100 votes.

Meanwhile, there was a tie for a library trustees seat. LuAnn Blair led the way with 340 votes, but James Peck and Jane Query tied for the second open seat with 225 votes.

Deputy Town Clerk Martha Fowler said turnout was very low with only 14 percent of the town’s 5,080 registered voters coming to Pollard School yesterday.

“It wasn’t too busy here,” Fowler said. “It’s a town election, we know we’re not going to get the turnout we get in presidential elections.

Linda Cleary said she came out to support several articles about the upkeep of the public safety buildings, which both passed.

“I want to maintain the fire and police buildings,” she said. “The buildings are deteriorating and eventually it will have to be replaced.”

Voters did not support a pair of feasibility studies which were proposed by the town. The town elected not to spend $25,000 to study a new public safety complex, 348-336. Voters also did not want to see a $30,000 study for the potential of a public water supply, 345-333.

The $7.7 million operating budget passed without a problem, 571-100.

Selectmen will see a $2,000 hike in their annual stipend, which they were hoping for. Voters approved the article, 402-267.

Voters also chose to spend $400,000 to extend a water line on Route 125, $50,000 for a new pickup truck for the highway department and $14,000 to replace the gutters at Town Hall.

After voters turned down a $150,000 proposal for a new shelter at the recreation facility last year, they approved this year’s proposal for $80,000, 363-323.