Falmouth voters in the Tuesday, May 19, election supported a $971,507 Proposition 2½ override to fund the hiring of eight additional firefighters in the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department.
The override passed by a vote of 3,592 to 2,172. While it passed at the ballot box, the override requires an appropriation by Town Meeting. The override is Article 14 on the upcoming Falmouth Town Meeting warrant.
In the sole contested race on the town-wide ballot, former Superintendent of Schools Nancy R. Taylor topped the ticket with 4,117 votes for a seat on the board of selectmen. Incumbent Selectman Samuel H. Patterson was reelected with 3,484 votes. Challenger Michael G. Heylin received 2,393 votes.
Falmouth voters supported overwhelmingly a nonbinding ballot question that directs Selectmen to ask Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. and the state Legislature to utilize all available means to ensure spent nuclear fuel is secured in better quality dry casks and hardened onsite storage, and requires that the spent fuel pool and casks are protected with heightened security. The question was approved by a vote of 4,889 to 804.
Falmouth voters also approved 10 changes to the Falmouth Town Charter, changes previously supported by Falmouth Town Meeting.