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DILLON ” Retired physician Don Parsons will officially fill the last seat on the Dillon Town Council.
A recount Thursday morning concluded the same results determined in last Tuesday’s municipal election: Parsons garnered 65 votes, while Early Childhood Options executive director Lucinda Burns collected 64 votes.
Dillon town clerk Jan Thomas joined three election judges Thursday in going back over last week’s ballots. They counted the regular precinct ballots twice, coming up with the same numbers both times, then tallied the absentee ballots three times due to a discrepancy, Thomas said.
While Parsons’ and Burns’ results equaled the original totals, judges discovered different numbers on some of the other candidates’ counts, but it didn’t affect the outcome of any races, Thomas said.
Mayor Barbara Davis and Councilmembers Suzanne Hebert and John Younger all had two fewer votes than last week, while council candidate Allan Hedin had one less vote on Thursday.
Davis, Hebert and Younger were declared winners following the April 4 election, while town officials said a recount would be necessary to confirm the third council seat.
They later determined that the one-vote different between Parsons and Burns didn’t legally constitute a town-funded recount, but Summerwood resident Sandy Greenhut offered to pay for a recount of out her pocket.
She contributed $225 toward the price of the recount, which could cost up to $450 to cover the judges’ pay, Thomas’ labor, postage and fees for the town’s attorney if his advice is needed.
On Thursday, Thomas hadn’t yet calculated the final cost.
Parsons said now that the recount is completed he is looking forward to the road ahead.
“I hope this settles the issue and we can all move forward to work together around the important issues that face the town of Dillon,” he said.
Parsons believes that one of those issues will be development around the Dillon Marina. He foresees a conflict between those who support commercial development around the reservoir and those who would rather see a more conservative approach.
“The challenge will be to try to find a middle ground that everyone can support,” Parsons said.
Burns congratulated Parsons and the other candidates on their wins.
“I’m not terribly surprised that the outcome wasn’t different, although I appreciate … the request for the recounts. It showed how important it is to be thorough and that every vote counts,” Burns said.
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at email@example.com.
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