Library voted down again

MILFORD – The town voted no once again to a new $5.6 million public library. The project needed a 60 percent majority in voting on Tuesday, and didn’t come close. The vote was 1,680-981 against.

The 21,000-square-foot library plan wasn’t recommended by the selectmen, though it did get a boost from the Advisory Budget Committee last month when it switched its vote.

This is the second year in a row the plan to build a new Wadleigh Memorial Library was defeated. Both the town and the school operating budgets were voted down, and a $3 million capital improvement bond for the schools failed, by 17 votes, to get the 60 percent supermajority it needed. Both School Board incumbents, Bob Willette and Len Mannino, were re-elected, defeating Budget Committee Chairman Rick Wood.

The new Milford town clerk – the first new clerk in 23 years – is Joan Dargie, who will replace Peg Langell upon her retirement in April. Dargie received 994 votes, with 765 going to Nancy Deslauriers and 544 to Bobbi Schelberg. A ballot question with no direct tax impact that will allow selectmen to sell earth materials from about 43 acres of the Brox property passed with an overwhelming vote of 1,669-887. Kevin Federico was re-elected to the Board of Selectmen and Peter Basiliere was re-elected town moderator. The turnout was about 26 percent, which "is great for a town election," Basiliere said.