Sandwich voters rejected a $500,000 expenditure for a synthetic athletic field at the high school in yesterday’s town election, but elected a last-minute write-in candidate for the planning board.
Voters also chose R. Patrick Ellis of Spring Hill Road and Frank Pannorfi of Wing Boulevard East in a three-way race for two seats on the board of selectmen.
In the race for two 3-year seats on the planning board, voters chose Lori A. Caron of Route 6A, appointed to the board earlier this year, and Robert E. King of Summer Street, a write-in candidate who began running for the seat less than two weeks ago.
Voters turned out Joseph A. Vaudo of Route 6A, who had served on the planning board since 2001 and been elected its chairman last year.
In additional action, voters approved a $1.3 million, one-year expenditure to repair roads and town infrastructure in Sandwich.
Unofficial results released by town clerk Taylor D. White showed that 1,442 voters, or 58.7 percent of those voting, cast ballots against a proposed one-year expenditure of $500,000 to install a synthetic athletic playing field at the high school. A total of 1,030 voted for the expenditure.
The field is at the Captain Gerald F. DeConto Veterans Memorial Stadium, named in honor of a 1979 Sandwich High School graduate who, as a naval captain, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon in 2001.
Voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting had passed the synthetic field proposal by a vote of 219-146, but the proposal also needed a simple majority in yesterday’s election to pass.
David DeConto, the brother of Gerald DeConto, said last night that he was “very disappointed” by the vote against the field.
Official Election Results
He said he could not say why voters turned down the expenditure, which would have cost the average Sandwich homeowner $47 in property taxes for one year.
Mr. DeConto noted that voters at Monday’s Town Meeting approved spending $1.3 million in community preservation funds to build bleachers and a press box at the stadium, as well as install new lights. He said the Sandwich Stadium Complex Committee, a nonprofit organization, remains committed to installing a synthetic field at the stadium.
In a 1,375-1,095 decision, voters in yesterday’s election did give the green light to raising and spending $1.3 million in a single year for road and town infrastructure repairs. The decision followed a positive vote at Monday’s Town Meeting. The expenditure will cost the average Sandwich home about $123 for one year.
As for the board of selectmen race, Mr. Ellis, who served a term on board in the late 1990s, received the most votes, 1,556. Mr. Pannorfi, the sole incumbent in the race, finished second with 1,230 votes.
Peter Beauchemin, a Herring Run resident in his first race for the board, finished third with 1,049 votes.
“I’m very happy,” Mr. Ellis said last night. “People have always realized that I tell it like it is. I’m in it for the long term.”
Mr. Pannorfi said he was “very pleased, obviously” to be elected to the board for a fourth term.
“The people who voted for me know I’ve worked hard for them, and I’ll continue to work hard for them,” he said.
Speaking of the voters, Mr. Beauchemin said, “It’s quite obvious they’re not looking for change… You know that people complain, but when they get a chance to make a change, they don’t do it.”
At the same time, Mr. Beauchemin said, “It’s my first shot at it—I don’t feel bad.”
Mr. King, running a write-in campaign, won one of two available 3-year seats on the planning board with 1,221 votes.
“I’m very pleased and gratified and humbled,” he said.
Mr. King attributed his victory both to sentiment against Mr. Vaudo, a seafood dealer who pleaded guilty in district court in March to charges stemming from his purchase of stolen oysters, and to support for his stand against expanding commercial uses on Route 6A.
Ms. Caron, the top vote-getter in the planning board race with 1,311 votes, called the results “terrific” and “exciting.”
Voters chose her, she said, “maybe because I’m just new and fresh and committed to listening to the community.”
Mr. Vaudo, who finished third in the three-way race with 604 votes, could not be reached for comment.
All other candidates in yesterday’s election were unopposed.
James J. Dever and Sean Patrick Rausch were elected to three-year seats on the school committee with vote totals of 1,465 and 1,359, respectively. Lois Wack, running for an unexpired one-year seat on the committee, was elected with 1,509 votes.
Robert G. James was elected to the board of assessors with 1,738 votes, David L. Darling was elected to a one-year unexpired term on the planning board with 1,462 votes, and Francis J. Sheehan Jr. was elected to the board of health with 1,708 votes.
Jennifer B. Tickell, Jeanie M. Vander Pyl and Mark A. Wicklund were elected to three-year terms on the library board of trustees with vote totals of 1,629, 1,604 and 1,573, respectively. Christine Lee Brown was elected to an unexpired one-year term with 1,728 votes.
Peter N. Conathan was elected to the board of the Weston Memorial Fund with 1,802 votes.
Clyde S. Gill was elected constable with 1,801 votes.
According to Mr. White, the town clerk, unofficial results show that 2,553 voters, or 16.2 percent of the Sandwich electorate, took part in yesterday’s election.