CHESTERVILLE — Voters at the annual town meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 27, at the Town Office will decide road issues, equipment purchases and a selectmen recall ordinance.

If all budget requests are approved, the total will be $861,954 — $18,954 more than last year.

Voters will be asked to consider entering a five-year contract with Archie’s Inc. of Mexico to collect and dispose of solid waste. The first year of the contract would be $29,203 and would increase each year to reach $32,531 in 2021. The town paid $27,812 in 2016.

Capital road improvement projects, if approved, would be funded with $120,000 raised and appropriated by voters, and $42,300 from the Maine Local Roads Assistance Program. Recommended for improvements are the south end of Zions Hill Road and Egypt Pond and Borough roads.

A separate article asks voters to raise and appropriate $25,000 and finance $25,000 to buy equipment for Public Works. If passed, the financed amount would be repaid in 2018.

The sum of $1,500 is requested for the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers, up $1,000 from last year. The increase will go toward a townwide celebration this year.

Voters will be asked to authorize maintenance of sections of Adams Hill and Gordon Hill roads. The town has been maintaining them for years but without voter approval.

Enactment of a Town of Chesterville Recall of Selectmen Ordinance will also be considered. Resident Kim Lessard circulated petitions last fall to bring the ordinance to voters.

Lessard said she was motivated after two selectmen had resigned and another failed to attend meetings. Without a quorum, payroll warrants couldn’t be signed.

Copies of the ordinance are available at the Town Office. It is also printed in the 2016 town report. 

The town report is dedicated to Joan and Doc Cooper. They bought a farm on Norcross Pond in 1955. For over 60 years he was a veterinarian; she was his secretary and assistant. A three-page tribute, written by their son, Michael, is included in the town report. 

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