On Tuesday, voters returned former mayor Nicholas Angelo to a new two-year term in a close race over Jocelyn Farrell. The 485 to 448 tally (all numbers in this article are preliminary) put Angelo over the top.
Voters also returned trustee incumbents Wendy Miller (603), Mark Browning (712), and Michael Karavas (595) to office. Newcomers Gregory Lowell (653), Hollie Rogin (652), and Kenyon Waugh (522) joined the incumbents to form the new Board of Trustees, which will officially be in place on April 20. Robert Brackenridge (414) was the sole person not elected to the six-person Board.
Ballot measure 4, the most controversial of the ballot measures, was defeated by an almost two-to-one margin (622 to 323). This measure would open the trash/recycling/compost bid of Western Disposal and charge residents fees for weekly and bi-weekly removal depending on the size container.
This measure was developed over several years by the Sustainable Futures Commission with the goal of keeping compostables out of landfills, where they play a significant role in greenhouse gasses. Currently, the town has roll-offs for recyclables and no compost program.
Another ballot question related to the defeated pay-as-you-throw measure was whether the Town should be required to have an election prior to “contracting with a waste hauler to provide residential waste services, or requiring the use of or the imposition of a fee for residential waste serviced in all or a portion of the boundaries of the Town.” This measure passed by about a two to one margin.
Other ballot questions involving the Town advertising for official Town business were approved by large margins. The Town now does not need a newspaper of record (which used to be the Recorder) in which to list legal notices. Instead, the Town may now use its official website for the posting of financial information, ordinances, and legal notices.