The polls are open and the warrant is set and printed and ready to be voted on, but it remains to be seen how many of the registered voters in Centerville, Osterville and Marstons Mills will turn out.
Today, from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, the election ballot holds one race of particular interest with Osterville businessman and Massachusetts Maritime Academy alum Russ Jacobson, 43, vying to take a three-year term on the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) board of water commissioners, running against incumbent Kevin Medeiros, 46, of Marstons Mills.
Candidates for other seats up for re-election are running unopposed.
Centerville's John Lacoste is running for a three-year seat on the COMM Prudential Committee, a seat formerly held by Osterville's James H. Crocker Jr. who opted to not run for re-election. Crocker lost a tempestuous re-election bid for Town Council last fall.
Osterville's Charles Sabbatt is on the ballot, unopposed, for a three-year term as district moderator.
Jacobson, a former C-O-MM volunteer call firefighter from age 16 to 22 and an engineer by trade, owns a financial services firm in Centerville. Medeiros has been in the plumbing industry since 1985 and has extensive knowledge of the district's complex water systems. Medeiros helped oversee the contruction of the new water storage tank on Old Stage Road in Centerville and was on board when the C-O-MM district received an award from the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Today's election is followed by tomorrow evening's (May 15) Annual District Meeting with 29 articles on the warrant. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm at the West Villages Elementary School on Osterville-West Barnstable Road in Marstons Mills.
The C-O-MM District Prudential Committee, overseen by chairman Carlton Crocker, has put forth a budget recommendation of $6,751,082 for the C-O-MM Fire District and $1,827,000 for the C-O-MM Water District for the upcoming fiscal year.
The polls are now open at the C-O-MM Fire Station on Route 28 in Centerville.