Judd now wears two hats in Shelburne

SHELBURNE — Selectman Joseph J. Judd is now also Town Clerk Judd, having won both his first term for town clerk and his seventh term for selectman.

According to longtime Town Clerk Beverly Neeley, who retires this spring, 219 voters, or about 17 percent of the town’s 1,259 voters, came out for this election. The only race on the ballot was between Judd and selectman’s candidate James A. Gamache of Mohawk Trail. Judd won the election, 157-58.

With no one else running for town clerk, Judd picked up 180 votes for that one-year position.

There were no other contests in Monday’s annual election, and all incumbents in the running were re-elected to office.

Those re-elected were: Joseph P. Mattei, assessor; Sylvia M. Smith, moderator; James T. Richardson, tree warden; Norman J. Beebe, recreation committee; and Sherry M. Taylor and Debra M. Washer, Shelburne Free Library trustees.

Two people were elected for first terms: Margaret G. Payne of Bardwells Ferry Road now has a five-year seat on the town’s Housing Authority and Josiah Simpson of Main Street has a five-year seat on the Planning Board.

Ballot questions, submitted by the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, asked if the town would support a debt-exclusion to raise taxes above the state’s 2½ percent levy limit, to pay for the town’s share of “Phase I” repairs to the Mohawk Trail middle and high school, and to the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The vote for both separate school questions was 119-77 in support of the respective capital expenditures. However, the vote is moot because Mohawk has put the BSE school repairs on hold, while Shelburne considers moving its senior center into unused space within the elementary school building. Also, the Mohawk school repairs were voted down at two annual town meetings, which defeats the Mohawk repair proposal for the whole school district.

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