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A clean sweep: Heavy voting pushes through all 42 referendums, puts Philbrick back in selectman's seat

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The voting booths were full on Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. (Rochester Voice photo)

LEBANON - What a difference two years make.

In a town that almost went off the rails during voting just two years ago when three major town department budgets were rejected, not a single referendum on Tuesday was denied.

And for the first time in many years Lebanon's Rescue team has a brand new ambulance after voters approved the purchase of a $244,000 Life Line Ambulance with Power Loader by a wide margin on Tuesday.

Other voting highlights included a mandate to make 275 acres off Hebo Hybo Road a Town Forest, further funding toward the implementation of a Town Comprehensive Plan and a solid call for Paul Philbrick's return to a selectman's seat after a several-year hiatus.

Even a proposal to spend $16,000 for a road study by a private consulting firm that drew heated debate at last month's hearing was easily passed, 570-466.

The ambulance vote passed 635-415, the town forest passed 859-180 and Philbrick garnered 403 votes, while David White and Jeffrey Adams took home 269 and 268 votes, respectively.

In other voting, The MSAD 60 school budget passed easily 697-318.

There were no locally contested primary votes.

Lebanon voting on the ranked choice ballot referendum was not available.

Turnout was heavy with 1,070 voters passing through the polls.

It was just back in June 2016 that town voters rejected Transfer Station, Code Enforcement and Fire and EMS budgets outright. They were ultimately passed during a rancorous, hastily called emergency town meeting held just days before the end of the fiscal year.

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