Supporters of the resolution said it was not a statement against the company but a way to draw attention to a serious environmental risk that should not threaten the community without intense scrutiny.
Following the debate, Riff called the question. Lots of pink cards went up to defeat the tar sands resolution.
Another defeat was directed at Tri-County Community Action, a regional outreach agency, that sought a $4,600 appropriation.
After every appropriation request on the Lancaster warrant was read, Riff gave a chance to any representative of the requesting organization to stand and state their case for the money. No one was there from Tri-County, and voters rejected the article after a voter complained that no one was present to explain the need for the $4,600.
There were 12 outside organizations on the warrant seeking appropriations. Only the request from Tri-County failed.
Resident Henrietta Howard had asked fellow townspeople to join her in voting down all the special appropriations in the name of affordable living.
"There are a lot of requests for money in these articles, and we need to say 'no' on every one of these articles in order to save our homes," said Howard.
Voters gave support to their town's public safety departments by supporting a request for a new ambulance and a new fire truck. They also supported a request for $75,000 to build an extension onto the existing transfer station building. The money will come from a reserve fund.
Items on the town's Australian ballot included the election of municipal officers, the selection of executive councilor and an article seeking the creation of a fifth zoning district called the Central Business District. The new district was approved 499 to 243.
The only race on the ballot was for the budget committee. Three spots were available, and there were five candidates. Allan Carr, Joyce McGee and Christopher Parker were top vote-getters over Peter Riviere and Bruce Hutchings.
As in most area towns, the race for executive council was a close one in Lancaster. Joe Kenney edged Michael Cryans 386 to 358.