Falmouth town voters have spoken and, for now, it looks as though Wind 1 and Wind 2 will keep turning at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility.
With 100% of all 9 precinct results in, the May 21 Annual Town Election summary report states that 6,001 people (67.12%) voted NO and 2,940 (32.88%) voted YES on Question 2 – the ballot question on whether the town should fund removal of the industrial-sized turbines that have divided the communtiy since they were erected about three years ago. Falmouth selectmen had urged the town to vote YES on the ballot question, and it’s not clear what the selectmen’s next steps will be.
Falmouth voted the opposite with the other big issue facing the town, saying YES to Question 1. The ballot question asked voters to fund a comprehensive wastewater management plan and to pay costs for design and construction of a water treatment system and water treatment filtration plant. The result was 5,094 (58.28%) YES votes and 3,646 (41.72%) NO votes.
Selectwoman Mary Pat Flynn will return to the Board of Selectmen, receiving 4,368 votes (28.51%). She will be joined by newly-elected incumbent Selectwoman Rebecca Moffitt. The departing School Committee chairman will replace David Braga, who chose not to seek re-election. Moffit received 3,540 votes (23.10%). Candidate Marc P. Finneran received 3,246 votes (21.18%) while David Moriarity received 1,546 votes (10.02 %).
Judith Fenwick and Samuel Patterson, Jr. were re-elected to the Falmouth School Committee, with 4,981 votes (26.70%) and 4,872 votes (26.12%), respectively. They will be joined by Leah Palmer, who edged out David E. Schwamb for the School Committee vacancy left by Moffitt. Palmer received 5,711 votes (30.61%) vs. 3,051 votes (16.35%) for Schwamb.
Out of 24,158 registered town voters, 9,873 people (40.87%) voted in the May 21 election.
This story will be updated online next week and in the May 30 print issue of The Bulletin.
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