A good turnout of Watervillians saw Dr. Paul Rogers decline his nomination to moderate Tuesday’s town meeting, as he had for the past 20 years. Once new moderator Heather Mateo was elected, Rogers took his seat on the floor to a standing ovation.
A proposed town budget of $336,535.48 was passed without discussion. The budget total is about $40,000 less than the current budget, and about $3,000 less than actual spending. The highway department makes up nearly half the overall budget.
All other articles also passed, which quickly wrapped up the business side of town meeting.
In elections, Nancy LaRose was re-elected town clerk, treasurer, and collector of delinquent taxes. Jay Marsh was re-elected to three years on the select board.
Hunter Locke was elected road commissioner on a paper ballot vote, edging Walt Tobin 35-33. The post was vacant last year.
Elected without opposition: Linda Ward and Kathy Day, listers for two and three years, respectively; Carlos Martin, first constable; Wanda Locke, auditor; Chrissy Wade, library trustee; Marshall Pahl, grand juror; Diane Schwarm, trustee of public money and agent to convey real estate; Shawn LaRose, agent to prosecute & defend suits.
Robin Ginetti was nominated as second constable for one year, and when Nancy LaRose declined her nomination, Ginetti was elected without opposition.
Voters approved $7,620 to help support 14 community organizations.
Chrissy Wade expressed thanks for the new windows and other work done at the Waterville Town Library. This handiwork was done by Mike Bean and Tom Pitre, who combined companies to make it happen.
Tim Burgess introduced members of the Water Board and let townsfolk know other members are welcome.
Voters were able to put a face to a name when Jan Upstein, principal of the Waterville Elementary School, was invited to introduce herself and speak for a few moments.
Amanda Tilton-Martin, Water-ville’s sole representative on the 18-seat Lamoille North school board, provided information to voters on when and where they can attend meetings to follow the school district’s business.
Throughout town meeting, homemade snacks and fresh coffee were available by donation from the Waterville Ladies Aid.
When voters adjourned, they headed out into a chilly, sunny day.