Appointed selectman is elected


BROOKLINE - Incumbent Selectman Jesse "Tad" Putney won a three-way race Tuesday for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen, winning 362 votes to 292 for William Batte Jr. and 77 for newcomer John Carr. Putney was appointed to the board last year to finish out the term of the late Bill Owens, who had resigned due to health problems. While Carr was a relatively unknown candidate, Batte gained the limelight recently after a Hillsborough County grand jury indicted him on charges of violating the state's gun laws. He has been arraigned on charges that he advertised to sell a handgun without first getting a license. His trial will be scheduled before the end of the year, according to the county attorney's office in Nashua. The other contested race was for the finance committee. Five candidates ran for three seats. The top three vote-getters for the finance committee were Janice Tremblay, 406, Ben Cargill, 379, and Ernie Pistor, 276. Voters also approved a zoning amendment for work-force housing, 407-160. Work-force housing, required by state law, directs communities to provide opportunities for housing on smaller areas of land, increasing housing density. In a four-way School Board race for two seats, incumbent Wanda Meagher and Forrest Milkowski, a member of the Hollis/Brookline Cooperative School District Budget Committee, came out on top. Meagher won 345 votes, while Milkowski received 338 votes. Patricia Lynch got 313 votes, and Benjamin Cargill got 250 votes. On a two-year seat for the School Board, incumbent Beth Lukovits garnered 458 votes, easily besting Ernie Pistor, who received 223 votes. Town clerk Patti Howard-Barnett said 769 registered voters went to the polls, or 22 percent of Hollis' 3,464 residents who are registered to vote - a higher percentage than was expected by many. Said Peter Webb, who ran unopposed for school district moderator, "It's surprising."
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