Woodstock approves Buck’s Ledge purchase, defeats Second Amendment designation

Woodstock approves Buck’s Ledge purchase, defeats Second Amendment designation

Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield (standing on trailer) explains a warrant article at Monday night’s drive-in town meeting held in the town office parking lot. The meeting lasted about an hour. Alison Aloisio WOODSTOCK — With plenty of flag waving and horn honking, Woodstock voters Monday approved all but one article on their town meeting warrant. It was the second year the annual town meeting took place outside in the town office parking lot, due to COVID concerns. Voters stayed in their cars, listened to town officials over their car radios and spoke via two-way radio when they wished. When it came time to vote, they waved small American flags out their windows. As for the warrant, voters easily approved pursuing negotiations to purchase Bucks Ledge, a popular hiking spot. The proposal to buy the 640-acre property, which overlooks North Pond, would not require tax money. Instead, the town’s share (not yet determined) would come from the dedicated land conservation account, with the rest paid privately or through grants. The approval vote was met with horn honking celebration. Also passed was money up to $500,000 for a project to replace the Bacon Bridge on Old County Road. An old culvert currently runs under the road, and although town officials have explored simply replacing it, the Maine Department of Transportation strongly recommended it be replaced with a bridge. The warrant article requested up to $500,000 for a bond to finance it. Also approved was an appropriation of $75,000 in tax […]

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