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Plainfield Town Meeting postponed

— To give voters a chance to weigh in at the ballot box on two financial matters, the annual Town Meeting has been rescheduled from today until next weekend, to be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

There is one contested seat in the town election taking place today from noon to 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Plainfield resident Ellen Dupont is running for a three-year term on the Board of Health, hoping to unseat incumbent Ruby Goodnoff, according to Town Clerk Theresa Thatcher.

Voters also will be asked to vote on a request to spend $35,000 to hire a fourth employee for the town’s highway department and a proposed Proposition 2½ debt exclusion override so the town can buy a $150,000 front-end loader for the highway department, according to Finance Committee Chairman Bob Persing.

If voters defeat these questions at the polls, Persing said, a vote on them at the annual Town Meeting would be unnecessary.

“There wouldn’t be much sense in discussing and voting on the two measures at Town Meeting if you don’t know the outcome of the election and whether or not they were voted down there yet,” said Persing. “For that reason, we’ve postponed the meeting.”

Meanwhile, voters today will fill vacancies or re-elect a slate of town officeholders, who are running unopposed for the following boards or positions: the Board of Assessors, Board of Selectmen, town clerk, first and second constables, library trustee, moderator, tree warden and the Whiting Street Fund Disbursement Committee.

— TOM RELIHAN

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