JAY — Selectmen voted Monday to authorize the town manager to sign a contract with Livermore Falls so  Jay children could attend that town’s summer recreation program, contingent upon voter approval.

Jay would be charged $12,000 for the service, with Jay residents paying $30 for one child and $10 for each additional child, Town Manager Ruth Marden said. The participant fee is in the same neighborhood of what they were paying in Jay, maybe a little less, she said.

The six-week program is one week longer than Jay’s is and accommodates children entering first through eighth grades, while Jay only went up to sixth grade, she said.

Both Jay and Livermore Falls program directors resigned at the end of the season this year.

The program would be run in Livermore Falls but some activities could be held in Jay, including trail walks, she said.

Jay raised $20,000 for a five-week program this year. That included $4,000 for busing, Marden said. If it is decided during the budget process that Jay wants to continue busing children to summer recreation, then $4,000 would be added to the $12,000, Marden said. She would also add $500 for children in Jay who want to attend but parents cannot afford to send them, she said. The total budget would be proposed at $16,500.

Board Chairman Steve McCourt asked where the swim program is held. Marden said at Breton’s Pond in Livermore, she said. McCourt said that would be closer than busing the children to the Sandy River as they did last year.

“It’s a cost savings for a good program,” Marden said. She also noted that a clause should be added to the agreement that if either town’s voters do not vote a recreation budget in, then the towns would not be held responsible.

“If we can save some money, its sounds like they’re getting a good program,” McCourt said.


In other business, selectmen also voted to accept an amended Cemetery Policy that calls for higher prices for cemetery plots and grave-opening services in town cemeteries.

The prices will go from $50 to $125 per grave for residents and from $100 to $200 for nonresidents.

Grave-opening charges will remain the same at $275 for those done Monday through Friday but increase to $350 if done on Saturday, Sunday or holidays.


Grave openings for a child/infant will increase from $125 to $200 for those done Monday through Friday and to $300 for those done on weekends and holidays.

Cremation opening charges will go from $100 to $150 on Monday through Friday and to $200 on weekends and holidays.

In another matter, the board also accepted with regret the resignation of Hyla Friedman from the Recreation Committee.

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