Hanson: Voters choose new selectman, approve school roof

By Charles Mathewson

Hanson voters went to the polls Saturday – some of them, anyway – to fill the term of David Soper, who has resigned as selectman, and to decide whether to spend $680,000 of town money on a new elementary school roof.

Kenneth Mitchell won the selectman seat by 32 votes – 451 for Mitchell, 419 for Phillip Andrews. The school question won 660-218. of 7,079 registered voters, 878, 12 percent, came to the polls.

Mitchell is general manager of Newcomb’s Tree Service and serves on the town’s community preservation committee, the holiday committee (after the results came in he went immediately to the town’s Christmas tree lighting) and the parks committee.

Voters had previously rejected a plan to raze the town’s two aging elementary schools and build one new one with the state picking up more than half the cost. The controversy resulted in a recall of one selectman and the loss of re-election of another. Taxpayers will now fund repairs one at a time with no state assistance.

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