BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With all budgets passing across Bridgewater’s four fire districts, the only upset was for commissioners in District One, in Martinsville.
Incumbent John Lichtig, with 63 votes, was defeated by newcomer Doris Zampella, who earned 77 votes. Second incumbent James Kalafsky was re-elected with 80 votes.
According to Bill Rose, with District One, Zampella is the first woman to ever be elected as a fire commissioner in District One.
As for the budget for District One, which was set at $525,275, with $518,836 to be raised by taxation, there were 109 votes in favor and 22 votes against.
District One was also asking for permission to use no more than $175,000 for a new ambulance for the Martinsville Rescue Squad.
Voters voted 94 in favor of the purchase and 38 against.
A total of 134 votes were cast in district one.
Rose said they usually have around 100 total votes.
“There was a contest this year, so that had some influence on the numbers,” he said.
In district two, the Bradley Gardens section of town, there were 36 votes for incumbent commissioner Chris Ireland and 34 votes for incumbent John Marsigliano, both of whom won new terms on the commission.
There were also two write-in votes for Ron Hazen.
The budget, with total appropriations of $487,633 and $453,953 to be raised by taxation, passed with 39 votes in favor and three against.
A total of 43 votes were cast in district two.
In district three, which is the Green Knoll section of town, there were 94 votes each for incumbents Anthony Carpiniello and Mark Hudec, who earned new terms on the commission.
The budget, which was set at $906,000, was approved with 74 votes in favor and 24 votes against.
In addition, voters voted in favor of purchasing a new ambulance for the fire department’s emergency medical services provider, for about $140,000. The question earned 86 yes votes and 12 no votes.
The district had a total of 98 votes.
Finally, in district four, in Finderne, incumbent commissioner Allen Kurdyla, who ran unopposed, earned 38 votes.
Voters voted in favor of the proposed $603,158 budget, with the taxable amount being $568,050. There were 35 votes in favor and four votes against.
In total, district four had 39 ballots cast.