2 Milford selectmen hold challengers at bay

Two Milford incumbent selectmen held onto their seats Tuesday, despite challenges from five other people this year.

Selectmen Kathy Bauer, with 640 votes, and Mike Putnam, with 638, were the highest vote getters in the Board of Selectmen race, although Steve Sareault was close behind with 620. Andy Seale had 481 votes, and the three other challengers, Matt Bernard, Connie Kelleher, Ed Densmore had vote totals in the 200s.

Milford voters also passed the school and town budgets and approved zoning changes that might pave the way for a large commercial and residential development near Route 101. The zoning changes could bring multi-family housing and some kinds of businesses to about 70 acres of undeveloped land near the intersection of Route 101 and Route 13. Milford developer Steve Desmarais suggested the changes to the Planning Board, which agreed that they were in line with the town’s Master Plan and made sense because of the area’s highway access.

Voters also said yes to a new fire ladder truck and to a new scale house at the transfer station, but declined to approve an article that would have allowed Selectmen to sell gravel from the town-owned Brox property.

They also rejected the Milford Improvement Team’s $20,000 article for partial funding of community and economic development programs and also said no to increasing the veterans’ tax credit.

On the school side of the ballot, voters rejected a $50,000 article to pay for an expansion of parking at the high school but approved the School Board’s $36.9 million operating budget and a collective bargaining agreement with the administrators’ group.