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Jan Seeger/Staff photo. Bruce Breton, of Windham, is running for the Board of Selectmen. No Published Caption Jan Seeger/Staff photo. Bruce Breton, of Windham, is running for the Board of Selectmen. No Published Caption

WINDHAM — Voters yesterday re-elected Bruce Breton to a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen.

Breton defeated former Selectman Margaret Crisler, 1,177 to 1,095.

"I'm just so happy," Breton said. "I had a lot of people supporting me."

Voters also approved a $960,000 salt shed and four-bay maintenance garage, 1,336-966.

The proposal was the lone big-ticket item on the town warrant.

The shed and garage will cost taxpayers an additional $610,000 — since $350,000 was placed in a capital reserve fund for the project.

Selectman Charles McMahon said the approval meant that taxpayers appreciated the hard work department heads did keeping spending at a minimum.

All town appropriations, including the operating budget, result in no increase to the tax rate, the town administrator has said.

In other voting, residents approved the town operating budget of $11,881,965 by a vote of 2,008 to 386.

Voters also approved greater water quality protection for Cobbetts Pond, approving a citizens petition article 1,564 to 749.

The ordinance establishes a Cobbetts Pond Watershed Protection Overlay District, which includes land along the pond and land that drains into the pond.

The ordinance regulates development, in part, by requiring a soil erosion plan for new home construction.

Voters defeated both workforce housing proposals on the ballot — a Planning Board-endorsed workforce housing ordinance and a workforce housing ordinance brought by citizens petition.

State law requires workforce housing be allowed in a majority of the land area zoned for residential use.

Now, the town will have no guidelines for workforce housing, said Beverly Donovan, who helped write the Planning Board workforce ordinance.

The town runs the risk of a court challenge of proposed workforce projects in which the outcome is likely to be a so-called "builders' remedy," or a finding in a developer's favor

In other news, Selectman Galen Stearns, who previously announced he would resign and not finish the final year on his term, said he has reconsidered and will serve out the rest of his term.

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