Roxbury voters OK $445,366 budget


ROXBURY — About 50 residents attending Monday night’s annual town meeting OK’d a $445,366 budget, of which $261,067 will be raised from taxation.

The budget doesn’t include Roxbury’s county tax and school assessments, which are figured later in the year.

There was very little discussion on the 67-article warrant during the 90-minute meeting.

“It seemed to go well,” John Sutton, Board of Selectmen chairman, said afterward.

After Timothy Derouche was elected by written ballot to a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, Sutton thanked outgoing Selectman Deborah DeRoche for her three years served.

He also presented a certificate of appreciation to DeRoche on behalf of the town, recognizing her for sticking with the municipal duty after two other board members resigned one year.

“It was the longest three years,” DeRoche joked.

Derouche won the board seat over opponent Jim Theriault by a tally of 27-18.

Tax collector and treasurer Renee Hodsdon was re-elected to a second three-year term.

The only discord came in Article 12 and as participants were about to vote on Article 66.

In Article 12, which asked the town to raise and/or appropriate $27,500 for summer maintenance of roads, one voter said he was unhappy with last year’s quality of work done to Roxbury Pond Road, which deteriorated severely.

Sutton said selectmen are applying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funding to help with ditching work.

“Is FEMA going to cover the poor work that was done last year?” the man asked.

“Theoretically, the road should be rebuilt from Dennis (Daniel’s) place all the way down,” Sutton responded, which didn’t appease the man any.

However, moderator Michael Breton moved on when no one else spoke up. The article was approved.

Article 66 asked if the town would authorize selectmen to transact any other business that might legally come before the next town meeting.

Rumford resident Len Greaney attempted to use that to prompt discussion on something that wasn’t on the town meeting warrant: a request for money for Western Maine Local Access Channel 7.

Sutton said the request was received too late to get on the warrant, but Greaney interpreted Article 66 to mean that townspeople could consider the request.

Sutton argued otherwise, telling Greaney that he should bring it before selectmen at a future board meeting.

“I think that’s unfortunate,” Greaney answered.

Among the money articles approved, were:

• $112,961 for winter maintenance of roads by taking $10,000 from excise tax revenues, raising $84,000 through taxation and moving forward the 2009 balance of $18,961.

• $15,000 for fire protection, $2,000 for the fire equipment reserve account and $1,000 for emergency management equipment and training, such as purchasing “Road Closed” signs and buying a generator so the town office could be used as an emergency shelter if needed.

At a future selectmen’s meeting, the board will discuss possibly getting a new streetlight for Frye Crossover Road by the post office after one resident explained a need for better lighting there. Roxbury only has five streetlights, and voters agreed to raise and appropriate $1,000 to pay the electricity bill for them.

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Roxbury town meeting moderator Michael Breton, left, explains what newly elected Selectman Timothy Derouche needs to do during the swearing-in process after Monday night’s meeting in the Mountain Valley Middle School auditorium in Mexico. Derouche won the three-year term, tallying 27 votes to opponent Jim Theriault’s 18. Selectman Deborah DeRoche decided not to seek a second term.

At Monday night’s annual town meeting, Roxbury residents Bing Cross, left, Jean Shaw and Nancy Lovelace prepare to cast written ballots for a selectman. Tim Derouche won over Jim Theriault, 27-18.