Newcomb, Mathison Win Selectman Seats; Wastewater Borrowing OK'd

By: Ed Maroney

Cecil Newcomb. ED MARONEY PHOTO

ORLEANS Voters said yes Tuesday to spending $47 million on wastewater infrastructure and no to spending $100,000 on a renovation or replacement feasibility study of the fire station.

Challenger Cecil Newcomb topped the ballot for selectman with 966 votes, and incumbent Mark Mathison remained on the board with 946. Erik Oliver, who received 638 votes, was encouraged by Newcomb to run again as the results were posted at the senior center. Handshakes were exchanged all around.

There were no contests for the other offices on the ballot. Incumbents Moderator David Lyttle, Constable Mary Stevens, board of health member John P. Smith Jr., the housing authority's Alice Dianne Fromm, Hank Schumacher and Virginia Stribula (Ginger Marks) of the elementary school committee, and library trustees Marilyn Bornemeier and Janet Crabtree were returned to their posts. Incumbent Ian Mack and candidate Josh Stewart won seats on the regional school committee.

Other debt exclusions approved included design and installation of a methane gas flare at the landfill, design work for replacement of the Rock Harbor and Town Cove bulkheads, and the town's share of the reconstruction and streetscape work on Main Street between the Route 6A and Route 28 intersections.

“I'm excited and nervous,” Newcomb said. “I feel this is a big responsibility. I have big shoes to fill. Alan (former selectmen chairman Alan McClennen) is a force in this town.”

“I think that it's a change but also more of the same,” Mathison said of the results. “People who know and appreciate Alan and what he brings to the town think Cecil will bring that to the town.

“Many of us on the board have the same priorities,” said Mathison. “There are subtle differences among us about how we attain them.”