LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen voted Tuesday to spend $15,245 to update the alarm system on the sewage pump stations because they are not working properly.

Mark Holt is the joint sewer superintendent for Jay and Livermore Falls. Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal file photo

The money will come from the town’s sewer reserve account. This is a Livermore Falls expense connected to the town’s collection system and not connected to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, sewer Superintendent Mark Holt said.

The update will be done by Electrical Installations of New Hampshire, which is also working on the sewer treatment plant upgrade.

Holt also told selectmen there were some changes to the interlocal sewer agreement with Jay. One of them is a proposal to change the contribution to the joint sewer reserve account from $1,000 to $2,000, which is split based on sewage flow from each town.

The changes will go to voters in Livermore Falls and Jay at their annual town meetings April 23.

In other business, selectmen who are elected April 23 will begin their duties after that day.


Board Chairman Jim Long had asked when the elected positions take effect.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she checked with the town’s attorney, Alyssa Tibbetts, who wrote in an email that “absent a charter, the statute provides that before assuming the duties of office, a town official must be sworn in.” There are no provisions she is aware of “regarding the timing of when they assume office after being sworn in. I would think that they would take office immediately after being sworn-in, or they should not be sworn in until you want them to take office. If the voters expect them to take office after the election, I don’t think it would be a good practice to delay until July.”

Tibbetts represents Jensen Baird law firm in Portland.

Nomination papers are available for two selectmen and two Regional School Unit 73 directors. Selectman Jim Cyr, who holds a two-year term on the Select Board, is not seeking reelection. A three-year term is held by Selectman William “Will” Kenniston who seeking reelection. The two, three-year terms on the school board are held by Robin Beck and Phoebe Pike.

The nomination papers are due at the Town Office by Feb. 26.

Livermore Falls voted on the annual election and budget in April last year for the first time. Prior to that, the vote was in June.

Also on Tuesday, the board appointed Selectman Cyr to the Negotiations Committee. They also approved renewal of a junkyard permit for Pierre Castonguay at 360 Campground Road, a renewed liquor license for the Chuck Wagon Restaurant on Depot Street, and a renewed marijuana retail store license for BJ’s Cannabis on Main Street.

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