JAY — Selectpersons will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed design and construction of improvements to about 2,200 feet of Old Jay Hill Road from routes 4 and 17.

Following the 6 p.m. hearing at the Town Office, the board will discuss a request from Regional School Unit 73 to use the town’s fueling station at the Public Works Department Garage on Jay Hill. 

Among the other items on the agenda is a proposed update to the town’s Cemetery Policy that includes increased pricing for cemetery plots and services. A draft proposed Speed Limit Policy will also be considered. 

The town’s engineer, Jeff Preble from Wright-Pierce, will be on hand to answer questions during the hearing on the road reconstruction project.

The town received a $250,00 grant in 2015 from the Northern Border Regional Commission to build up the section of Old Jay Hill Road to the future access point of the North Jay White Quarry. The town’s match for the grant is $50,000, which was stashed for the project from the Public Works budget in 2014-15. 

The purpose is to build the section of the road to withstand the weight of heavy vehicles and equipment from Polycor of New England. The Canadian-based company is in the process of building a plant to make granite curbing and is developing the quarry.


In the matter of RSU 73’s request to share the town’s fueling facility, it is because the district’s underground tank in Livermore Falls is in need of repairs, estimated to cost more than $50,000, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said Friday. It is believed it could be logistically managed, she said. When Jay had its own School Department, prior to consolidation with Livermore and Livermore Falls, the town and school shared a station. If selectpersons are in favor, they would have to determine what the town will charge RSU 73 for the service.

Town and school officials have discussed that a possible cost to the district could be a surcharge per gallon and the maintenance costs for the facility would be split between the two parties, LaFreniere said. If the board is agreeable, Kenneth Healey, RSU 73 superintendent, would bring the proposal to the school board.

In other business, LaFreniere will discuss proposed updates of language in the Cemetery Policy and proposed price changes for lots and services with selectpersons.

The proposed price changes are:

* Sales of lots per grave: $200 resident, $275 nonresident. Current prices, $125 and $200, respectively.

* Grave-opening charges, full burial: Monday through Friday, $400. Weekend, holiday, $600. Current prices, $275 and $350, respectively.

* Grave opening charges for child/infant and cremations: Monday through Friday, $200. Weekend, holiday, $400. Current price, child/infant, $200 and $300, respectively. Cremation, $150, $200, respectively.


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