Rindge votes down zoning changes
Tower said the large turnout was likely a combination of the nice weather, which made it easy for voters to get to the polls, and the high interest in the contested races and zoning articles that opposition to the articles said would change the small town into a bustling center.
Cleveland led a town movement to oppose the zoning changes after he said he learned federal HUD funds accepted by the town to further the planning process mandated the town propose zoning amendments as a result of the planning charrettes the grants funded.
Reducing minimum frontage to at least 100 feet and lot sizes to at least one acre in the Village district was also voted down 963 to 494.
Reducing lot sizes in the College district to at least one acre was voted down 914 to 544.
In the races for elected offices Robert A. Hamilton unseated incumbent Samuel R. Seppala 784 to 635.
Tax Collector Carol E. Donovan held onto her position against challenger Carol M. Cersosimo 1,039 to 347.
In a heated planning board race Jonah Ketola with 795 votes and Samuel Bouche with 740 votes won the two open seats against Holly B. Kosko with 535 votes and Tim Halliday with 476 votes.
William W. Thomas with 724 votes won the open seat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment against Martin Kulla who received 505 votes.
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