Waterford, Maine

Waterford voters approve $1.5M budget

Gardner Waldeier, Special to the Sun Journal March 5, 2017

WATERFORD —  About 55 Waterford taxpayers braved the subzero wind chill Saturday to approve the proposed $1.5 million annual budget, an increase over last year's budget of $1.4 million.

State Senator Lisa Keim
State Senator Lisa Keim spoke at the beginning of town meeting. At left, Moderator Sawin Millett.

Of the 70 articles approved which comprised this year's warrant, only a few raised any sort of discussion from the floor. 

Pat Lawler motioned to increase the sum of money appropriated for the Waterford Fire Chief Adrien Morin and assistant chiefs from $7,500 to $10,000.

Assistant Chief Tom Murch explained that he appreciated the thought but they aren’t doing their job for the money and they did not expect an increase in pay.

The motion for an increase of $2,500 to their pay passed unanimously. 

There was further discussion regarding the one-time allocation of $7,598 for the Waterford WREC program, a daycare and activity program run out of the Waterford School.

James Long  
James Long supported the $2,500 stipend increase to $10,000 for the fire chief and three assistants.  

Director Jen Rondeau and volunteer grant writer Terri Johnson fielded questions and explained the needed expenditure is resulting from School Administrative District 17 withdrawing financial support for insurance reasons. Johnson also announced a $25,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation for this coming year.

One of the larger items Waterford voters approved was the proposed budget of $203,620 for the care of the roads and bridges in town.

Road Commissioner Brad Grover explained some of the larger projects they will be competing this year, including the paving and ditching of the Baker Hill section of Sodom Road. He fielded a few questions regarding the unusual severity of this years frost heaves, explaining the January rains and wild temperature fluctuations are all contributing to the cavernous and ever-changing potholes.

Selectmen announced that the mill rate for this coming year will remain $15.30, the same as 2016.

town meeting 2017
FOLLOWING THE ACTION - Listening intently are, from left, James Kearney, Peter Leslie and Chester and Marilyn Gillingham. In back, Melissa Lessard.