DANVILLE — One third of the registered voters in town cast ballots in yesterday's town elections, making for many close decisions. In fact, two were so close that Moderator Wally Fries called for an immediate hand count.
The warrant article to appropriate $30,000 to repair and reopen the Sandown Road Bridge was counted twice by poll workers to confirm that the warrant failed by a handful of votes, 478 to 461.
Poll workers also hand counted the results of the contested race for Fire Ward, finally awarding victory to Janice Pouliot, who won by only eight votes over James Seaver, 396 to 388.
Doreen Moore kept her position as Town Clerk, defeating Ann Perkins by a wide margin of 702 to 167.
David Knight will take over as library trustee after beating incumbent Luis Sanchez by a nearly 2-1 margin, 480 to 273.
Voters weren't anxious to spend money this year. The operating budget was approved, but only by 27 votes.
And while a proposal to fund two full-time firefighters using federal grant money passed, articles for Fire Department vehicles and the department's vehicle capital reserve fund both failed. The voters did agree to create a revolving fund for the purpose of purchasing a rescue vehicle and/or medical equipment for the Fire Department.
Other warrant articles approved by voters included an article asking for $5,500 for mosquito control, and an article calling for the expenditure of $34,782 to move the historic Stagecoach Stop to town-owned property at the corner of Sandown Road and Main Street.