Chilmark approves all ballot questions

Town constable Marshall Carroll by the ballot box. At 3:15 pm Town Clerk Jennifer Christy said 139 of 941 registered voters had cast ballots. — Rich Saltzberg

Chilmark’s voters approved four ballot questions at the polls on Wednesday.

Ballots were cast at the Chilmark Community Center in the town’s traditional ballot box, and counted by hand. Polls closed at 8 pm, and results were announced after 10 pm. Thirty percent of the town’s 941 registered voters went to the polls.

In a vote of 160 to 120, voters approved Question 1 to pay $49,335 for the town’s share of a feasibility study and schematic designs for MVRHS.

Voters also approved Question 2, to spend $900,000 to purchase the Carroll property at 399 Middle Rd. for a fire station and EMS building, in a vote of 212-67. Question 3, which asked for $200,000 for architectural services to design the station, was approved 226-53.

By a vote of 239-42, voters agreed to pay $27,244 for the town’s share of communications equipment for the sheriff’s communications center.

All of the questions had been approved on Monday at town meeting.

In the sole competitive race on the ballot, Judith Flanders defeated Maxwell McCreery 198-49 for a three-year seat on the cemetery commission.

Jim Malkin ran unopposed for selectman, and was returned to office.