by Mickey Smith
HYDE PARK – At a hearing introducing evidence collected by the state against accused killer Jeanette Maxfield, 17 exhibits were submitted into the court record on Thursday, February 27. The evidence, including a text message and an interview with the person she was hanging out with prior to going home the night of the murder of Chris Cafferky, described two incidents where the state says Maxfield either made a threat to kill a specific person or talked of killing a random person.
Maxfield is accused of killing her boyfriend, Cafferky, on February 17. Police found Cafferky dead from a single stab wound to his abdomen. Maxfield, who alleges she woke up to find the body after drinking vodka, was the only other person in the home.
Deputy States Attorney Todd Shove presented the affidavits and videos as part of an evidentiary hearing which was being used to determine if Maxfield should continue to be held without bail.
Among the evidence presented was a text message allegedly sent by Maxfield to an ex-boyfriend in Boston, who had cheated on her. The text message was found on an iPhone that Maxfield told police was hers. In her “sent” files police allege they found a text message that included the lines “I want to kill you with my own hands...You are so beautiful to me that I can’t bear the thought of you breathing.”
The text message goes on to say, “”I want to live, but to do that in peace I want you dead. I want nothing more in my life than to see your blood flowing on the ground.”
Police say they learned of the message from Anthony Goslette, the person she was allegedly drinking vodka with during the day of the murder. According to a statement made by Goslette, she had sent him the text message about a week before the crime took place.
He also told police she told him, as a way to explain she was insane, that she wanted to “kill somebody like a 16 year old girl then eatem [sic] after.”
At the hearing, Defense Attorney David Sleigh brought up the potential of Cafferky’s death being suicide. He argued until a complete autopsy report is issued, suicide should be considered an option as police at the scene are heard discussing recent hospitalization of Cafferky after making such threats.
On Friday, February 28, Judge Timothy Tomasi issued his ruling on the case, explaining in a case where a defendant is facing life in prison “the normal presumption in favor of bail is reversed as long as ‘evidence of guilt is great.’”
He went on to explain it is not the time for a judge to rule on the credibility of witnesses or if the defendant is guilty or not. He stated at this time the evidence of the state is “viewed in the light most favorable to the State and without regard to modifying evidence of the defense.”
The court is only looking to see if the state has enough evidence to return a verdict in their favor beyond a reasonable doubt. He stated because the court is to look at the evidence without modifiers by the defense, he did not consider these statements in this hearing.
Judge Tomasi stated while the state has shown the evidence is great, the court is still directed to hold a bail hearing, so another hearing would be scheduled. He also ruled because the defendant’s mental health could be of potential significance, he is ordering a psychiatric examination. At the original arraignment, Sleigh told the court he would instruct his defendant to not participate in an in-house psychiatric examination because of concerns with Vermont’s mental health system. Tomasi stated in light of this, he would order an out-patient examination.
by Andrew Martin
Morristown’s own Olympian is headed home after a successful two weeks in Sochi. Hannah Dreissigacker competed in a total of four events for the U.S. biathlon team; the 7.5k sprint, the 15k individual, the mixed relay, and the women’s team relay. While she did encounter obstacles at times, Hannah also performed very well in the 15k individual race and women’s relay.
“…I have been training hard for a long time,” explained Dreissigacker on the reasons for her successes at the games in an email interview with the News & Citizen, “I have great coaches, and great teammates.”
“I knew that a good result was possible,” she continued, “But with biathlon, it’s so hard to put together all of the pieces on the same day. Shooting is tricky!”
Hannah’s first event, the 7.5k sprint, was actually one she did not do so well in. She finished in 65th place, due in part to missing four out of 10 targets during the shooting portion of the race.
Dreissigacker overcame the setbacks in her first race with an extremely strong showing in the 15k individual race, where she finished 23rd.
“This was my best individual result ever in a world-level race,” Hannah explained, adding that part of her success was due to the fact that she only missed two out of 20 targets.
The U.S. team also did well in Hannah’s next event, the mixed relay, finishing ninth. However, according to Dreissigacker she did not do well on her leg of that particular race. That changed in the women’s relay event, where Hannah and three of her female teammates finished in seventh place. According to Hannah she did not shoot extremely well during that event either, but seventh place was still the best ever result for the United States in the women’s relay event at the Olympics. Dreissigacker felt she personally could have improved her performances with more consistent shooting.
“…mostly my problems were with the shooting,” she explained, “I had one really good shooting race, but the other were not so good.
“It’s hard – I’ve been shooting well in training,” Hannah continued, “But shooting well in races, especially at the Olympics, is hard! There is a big mental aspect to shooting.”
Despite her problems shooting at times, Dreissigacker explained that she still had a great time at Sochi.
“I’ve had an amazing, fun experience here,” Hannah stated, “Most of all I’ve been blown away by all of the support and excitement from everyone back home.”
“I want to thank everyone for all of their cheers and support, it’s been awesome!!”
by Andrew Martin
The plan by the Town of Morristown to purchase the building on Portland Street that formerly housed Norm’s Furniture has been nixed. The Morristown Selectboard announced at their pre-Town Meeting informational meeting on Tuesday, February 25, that the building, which is owned by the Nepveu family, has been taken off the market and is no longer for sale. The informational meeting was held at Morristown Elementary School beginning at 7 p.m.
Town officials were planning to purchase the Nepveu lot, demolish the old building, and build new town offices on the site. Over the past few months the town had been seeking the input of Morristown residents on which of several options was preferred for the location of the new offices. The Nepveu building was the most popular choice. As a result of this input an article to purchase the building was placed on the warning for Town Meeting, meaning that voters will still be voting on the warned article on March 4 despite the fact that the town can no longer purchase the lot.
“The article gives the board permission to borrow the necessary money to purchase the lot,” explained Morristown Administrator Dan Lindley, “ If the article passes there is no longer a deal to make or an action to take since the lot is no longer for sale.”
The article requested a total not to exceed $1,400,000 for the purpose of purchasing the property, demolishing the old building, and constructing the new town offices.
Lindley went on to explain that state statute gives the board the authority to buy properties and that if passed the article would give the board permission to borrow money for the project. However, that permission would be granted only for borrowing money to purchase the Nepveu building. Since that building is no longer for sale the board will not be borrowing any funds whether or not the article passes on Tuesday.
“If there is no project anymore then we won’t be borrowing any money,” Lindley added, “We can’t use the money for another project.”
According to Lindley, the town has not yet decided how it will move forward with the search for new town offices. The lease on the current town offices, located in the Tegu Building, is up in September of 2016. One option the town has considered is actually purchasing the Tegu Building.
“It is something we are going to talk about,” Lindley stated, adding that the board has not officially met yet to discuss other options, “This has all happened very quickly.”
Lindley added that it was only during the week of February 17 that the Nepveus increased their asking price for the building from $250,000 to $350,000. Then, on February 25, the town was informed by the Nepveu’s realtor that the building had been taken off the market completely.
“The bottom line is that the building is not for sale, and we cannot buy something that is not for sale,” Lindley concluded.
Approximately 50 townspeople turned out for the February 25 informational meeting at which the board made its announcement. When the board revealed the fact that the Nepveu property was no longer for sale the residents present raised several questions. Included were questions about possible ways to make the current owners of the lot invest more in the upkeep of the building. The board answered this question by stating that they currently have no right or method to make the Nepveus maintain the building.
A second question asked by community members centered on how communication could have broken down so far between the town and the Nepveus regarding the sale of the lot. According to Morristown Selectboard Chair Bob Beeman, he had been in verbal negotiations with the daughter of Judy and Norm Nepveu, who actually own the building. However, Judy Nepveu spoke at the meeting as well and claimed that they have had no communication with the town regarding the sale of the building since last August, at which time the town stated they had no interest in buying the lot.
“It was a communication glitch,” stated Nepveu at the meeting.
Judy Nepveu also outlined her family’s plans for the building now that it has been removed from the market. She explained that her daughter has recently found more potential funding to help refurbish the building and it was for that reason that they removed the building from the market. The family has the goal of renovating the building to the point where the first floor will house retail space and the upper stories will house eight handicap accessible apartments. She added that their biggest challenge is finding funding and that if they could acquire this funding they would be working on the building at the current time. According to the Nepveus they have estimates that state their planned work to the building will cost roughly $750,000.
Nepveu further added that they have had engineers study the building who have stated that nothing is wrong with the foundation of the building and that it only needs boosting. She also expressed her family’s desire to keep the historic building in place.
“There is a lot of history in that building,” she stated at the meeting, adding that she would like to see it remain a part of Morristown.
During the informational meeting Selecman Bob Beeman commented that the town has had their own experts and engineers examine the building and have been told that it is in such a state of disrepair that the best option for the town if they did purchase the building was to remove the building. The town has also received permission from the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation (VDHP) to remove the building. In a report made by Suzanne Jamele, who serves as the Historic Preservation Consultant for the VDHP, she stated that ‘Demolition of this building appears to be acceptable given the condition and the loss of most historic fabric and design…”
Another question asked by the townspeople at the meeting was what the Nepveu’s timeline looks like for the refurbishing of the building. Judy Nepveu explained that her family currently has bids for certain necessary projects in the building and are doing what they can to get ready for the rest of the work, which she again stressed will only begin when they have acquired enough funding.
“If we had the funding we would be working on the basement of the building now and would hope to have some apartments ready by this summer,” Nepveu explained at the meeting.
The Australian Ballot items for the Town Of Morristown, including the article pertaining to the Nepveu building, can be voted on at the Morristown Municipal Offices on Tuesday, March 4. The polls will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
by Andrew Martin
An informational meeting for the Morristown School District proposed budget and warned articles was held on Tuesday, February 25, at the Morristown Elementary School beginning at roughly 7:20 p.m. About 30 local community members attended the meeting.
At the meeting Lamoille South Supervisory Union Superintendent Tracy Wrend presented the proposed school district budget and potential changes in the tax rate for Morristown before going on to discuss the warned article requesting a bond in the sum of $1,200,000 to help fund the reconfiguration and replacement of the track at Peoples Academy. The funds would also be used to do other work to the athletic facilities at the school.
The residents at the meeting raised a number of questions regarding the bond vote for the track replacement at the February 25 meeting. One question centered on reports of neglect and improper maintenance at the current track facility. According to Superintendent Wrend the district has spent funds each year to seal cracks in the track surface and even resurfaced the track 10 years ago. She also stressed that the average life of a track is roughly 20 years and that PA’s track has reached the end of that time frame. Questions of the cost of maintenance going forward were also raised. According to the school board roughly $12,000 was spent in 2003 to resurface the track while between $3,000 and $5,000 has been spent annually in recent years to patch cracks in the track surface.
Another question raised at the meeting was if a soccer field would still be located inside the new, larger track. Wrend explained that not only would a field still exist but that it would be larger and safer since the larger track would push that running surface away from the edge of the field. This would give PA two varsity soccer fields rather than the one it currently has.
A question regarding the possibility of a field house being part of the project was also raised. Wrend explained that other plans for future athletic facilities upgrades, including a second gymnasium space, were in the works.
“Our need for athletic space currently exceeds our space,” Wrend explained. She added that the plan is to have a bond vote on the proposed new gym in 2017, when a different bond from the late 1990s will expire.
Other questions included when exactly work on the new track could begin if the bond vote passes. Wrend explained that if all goes as planned work on the project could begin as soon as possible this spring. She also explained that any fears that the critical drainage work involved with the project would disrupt the Morristown Elementary playground were unfounded.
by Mickey Smith
JOHNSON – A group made up primarily of first year students at Johnson State College will be spending a week in April visiting and lending a hand in Detroit, MI.
For the seventh year, incoming freshman are expected to read a book in common and discussions and programs pertaining to the book are then held throughout the year. This past year’s book was Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff. It tells the story of the problems facing the once thriving Motor City that is now “broken by corruption, greed, and poverty.”
As a result of reading the book, a trip has been arranged through the Office of First-year Experience. Ten students (eight first year and two juniors) along with three chaperones will be heading to Detroit by van on Sunday, April 6. Chaperones will be: Margo Warden, director of the First-Year experience, Barb Flathers, assistant to the Dean of Students and Greg Stefanski, who will be acting as tour guide, as he is from the Detroit area.
They will spend Monday through Thursday staying at the St. Benedict’s Church, which provides a sort of hostel for traveling students. During the days they will be touring the city and taking part in several volunteering opportunities with the Detroit Police, Gleaners Community Food Bank and The Empowerment Plan.
Time spent with The Empowerment Plan, will be a sort of reunion, as founder Veronika Scott was a guest of the college this fall and will be returning as the commencement speaker in May. Scott created a coat that doubles as a sleeping bag while a fashion student and now has a factory that employs homeless women who make the coats to be distributed to people in need.
Along with the negative aspects, Stefanski said they will do some of the traditional sightseeing, visiting museums as they also check out the positive aspects of the city.
While there, students will have a chance to see the differences between rural Vermont life and that in a city. But, Stefanski explained, there are also similarities as part of the rebuild process has included a strong local-led movement.
Stefanski’s brother-in-law, a photographer/videographer from south of Detroit will be meeting up with them in the city and helping to capture the experience in video. That video will be presented to the community on May 7, as the students talk about their trip.
Warden said that final assembly just before the end of the second semester, will be a great way to bookend the Detroit experience on campus.
They have raised about three-quarters of the money needed for the trip, due in large part to donations from the Cambridge and Morrisville Rotaries. Anyone interested in donating to the trip can do so by calling the Office of the First-Year Experience at 635-1474.
Polar Splash 2014
by Andrew Martin
The 2014 edition of the Morrisville Rotary Lake Elmore Lake Elmore Polar Splash was a resounding success. A great deal of work went into spreading awareness and information about the event this year, and that work resulted in an extremely successful Splash. A large number of both jumpers and spectators turned out for the event and thousands of dollars were raised to be split between the Rotary and Lamoille Home Health and Hospice (LHH&H).
According to Morrisville Rotarian Heather Bradley as of Friday, February 21, a total of $27,234 had been raised by the Splash. However, Bradley expects that figure to continue increasing as pledges are still being received. Morrisville Rotary and LHH&H had set a goal of raising $20,000 this year. Bradley explained that the expenses that are needed to support the event will be deducted from the total funds raised before the remainder is split 50/50 between the Rotary and LHH&H. She also added that the figure of $27,234 is roughly $10,000 more than has ever been raised by the Polar Splash!
Several teams and individuals contributed a great deal to the record-breaking final total. The top individual fundraisers were Sen. Rich Westman with $2,809, Charlene Camire with $1,585, Donna Powell with $1,495, Jen Beebe with $1,435, and Rep. Shap Smith with $1,043. The top fundraising teams were the Home Health Super Heroes with $6,823, the Rotarians with $3,600, Team News & Citizen with $3,509, the Copley Health Nuts with $2,873, and the Elmore Mermaids with $1,720. The Rotarian team that raised $3,600 was actually one of three teams formed by Morrisville Rotary, and in total those three teams raised over $7,000.
Several awards were also given at during the Splash. The Best Jump went to Phil Kiely, while the runner up for Best Jump went to Kevin Amyot. The Team Costume Award went to the Prehistoric Plungers, while the Individual Costume award went to Janet Paine. The Best Post Splash Hair was awarded to the Elmore Mermaids, and the Top Youth Fundraiser was Justin Barret. The Best ‘Are You Friggin Out of Your Mind’ Non-Jump Fundraiser was awarded to Urban Martin.
Along with the successful fundraising portion of the event, the 2014 Polar Splash was also a success in terms of attendance. Morrisville Rotary estimates that there were more than 500 spectators at the event, and there were a total of 88 jumpers this year.
One change that occurred at the Splash this year was the route the jumpers took to the hole. According to Bradley the Rotarians were told that the weight of all the recent snow caused the ice level on the lake to drop, which created a great deal of additional water on top of the ice. There was still more than enough ice to keep everyone at the event safe and crews began clearing the area of the jump earlier in the week. However, as the snow continued to pile up the water levels on top of the ice also continued to rise, making it necessary to create an elevated snow path from the beach to the hole for the jumpers and support crew to use. The spectators, who were not allowed around the hole, like they have been in years past, instead lined the sides of this snow path and cheered on the jumpers as they ran out.
“It was unfortunate that the spectators did not have as good of a view of the ‘jumps’ as in previous years,” commented Bradley via email interview.
“There are some great videos including one created by Over and Above Photography on Youtube…” she concluded.
According to Bradley, the Morrisville Rotary definitely plans on putting on the Polar Splash again next year.
by Mickey Smith
A 23 year old woman was in court on Tuesday afternoon, February 18, answering charges that police say she fatally stabbed her boyfriend.
Jeanette Maxfield, who police say had moved in with Chris Cafferky just a couple weeks prior, called 911 at about 1:07 a.m. and stated she had just wakened up to find her boyfriend, Cafferky, was dead and she had cuts and was covered in blood.
Law enforcement from the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department, Morristown Police and Vermont State Police responded to the Garfield Road, Hyde Park, home of Cafferky. He was found in a pool of blood, with a single stab wound to his abdomen. According to Vermont State Police Detective Sergeant Todd Baxter’s affidavit, Maxfield voluntarily went to the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department with a deputy because she did not want to stay at the house.
The affidavit states Maxfield’s clothes, that she said she was wearing when she came home, were found in the house with blood on them, some more saturated than others, and there were blood droplets/smudges around the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Police allege Maxfield made statements about having to have been the one responsible for Cafferky’s death, although she did not remember it as she had gone to sleep after an afternoon and evening of drinking vodka.
“There was no one else there, it had to have been me,” the affidavit alleges Maxfield said.
During the course of the interview, Det. Sgt. Baxter’s affidavit, states, Maxfield told officers she was diagnosed at Brattleboro Retreat in October of 2013 “with borderline personality disorder/mood disorder. “
Baxter’s affidavit states she added “she has a deep seated hatred for society and people” and not much “desire to participate in any human activity, society or anything.”
While the investigation team led by the Vermont State Police made an arrest in the Cafferky’s death there are still not a lot of answers to the question of “why.”
While the affidavit states Maxfield made statements that she knew she must have done it, she did not provide any motive. Other than to state that she came home sometime between 6:30 and 7 p.m., she told police Cafferky asked for some of her vodka but she told him no.
Cafferky’s sister, Margaret Draper told police she spoke to Cafferky on the phone for about seven minutes shortly after 8 p.m. and said they were watching tv.
Maxfield also described her relationship with Cafferky as “fine.”
Another question alluded to in the transcript of the 911 call is the fate of Cafferky’s dog. Maxfield initially stated in the call, “everybody is dead.” She later clarifies that statement by saying Cafferky is dead and “the dog is gone.” The affidavit filed makes no mention of seeing the Cafferky dog.
Deputy State’s Attorney Todd Shove, who represented the state at the arraignment, said the case is still considered an ongoing investigation. Other information could be filed with the court if the investigation warrants.
Originally at the arraignment, Defense Attorney David Sleigh said Maxfield was going to waive her right to wait 24 hours before entering a plea, but after Shove brought up a motion to have Maxfield held without bail, Sleigh said they wanted to exercise a plea.
After a brief discussion, Sleigh said Maxfield wanted to continue moving forward with entering a not-guilty plea, changing the discussion to bail.
Shove told Judge Timothy Tomasi, Maxfield had made comments to the police that she felt if she could do that to her boyfriend that she could do it to anyone. He argued as a point of public safety she should be held.
Sleigh argued the State’s case lacked the “great evidence of guilt” needed to hold her without bail. He also was against any kind of mental health screening at this time because Vermont’s mental health system was “broken” and not capable of providing useful information.
Judge Tomasi ruled Maxfield would be held without bail until a hearing could be held to review the evidence in the case. The hearing is set for February 27, Thursday, at 9 a.m.
Picture above: Accused murderer Jeanette Maxfield is led by Lamoille County Deputy Sheriff Lawrence Pecor
at her arraignment on Tuesday, February 18. Police say Maxfield stabbed her boyfriend, Chris Cafferky, to death sometime between Sunday evening and when she called 911 at about 1:07 a.m. Monday morning, February 17.
-- Emily McManamy/Burlington Free Press photo
Pictured above: Police address the media regarding the death of Chris Cafferky. From back to
front: Vermont State Police Major Glenn Hall, VSP Captain JP Sinclair, VSP Detective Lieutenant
Tom Hango and Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux Jr. -- Smith photo
by Mickey Smith
A slight increase to the highway department is offset by a decrease to the selectboard fund of the Eden Town Budget.
The highway budget is up one percent, about $6,000. An additional $5,000 was added to the gravel/stone budget for winter roads and $3,000 was added to the salt budget. A reduction in health and hospitalization costs tempered this increase, as employees began contributing 5.5% to their insurance on January 1, 2012.
The selectboard budget is also seeing a drop due to employees paying 5.5% of their health insurance, and they trimmed $6,000 from their legal fees. These decreases more than offset a $4,200 line item created to purchase a new machine for real estate recording purposes. The selectboard budget is down nearly $14,000 to $346,285.62.
Last year, Eden cut several organizations from their appropriations, some came back but some didn’t this year for a total of $18,000 in local organizations and $12,146.53 in other organizations.
The seat currently held by Harold Morse is up for election on the selectboard as well as Sarah Cousino’s seat on the school board. Cousino was appointed to the board upon the resignation of Warren Earle.
by Andrew Martin
The statutes governing net metering systems in Vermont have been changed again. On Thursday, January 30, the Vermont House of Representatives passed H.702, which is a bill relating to the self-generation of electricity and net metering.
“H. 702 combines economic development and job creation with environmental efficiency – two areas of great import in our state,” stated Speaker of the House Shap Smith in a press release on the passing of the bill, “It encourages innovation, creates jobs, and helps us achieve cost savings. This is an important step as we move towards a carbon-free energy future.”
The recently passed bill calls for several new amendments to the already-existing statutes governing net metering systems. The goal of the adjustments to the current system is to further incentivize Vermonters to convert to solar, thereby making it easier for individuals to power their own homes and businesses with solar power.
The new adjustments will increase the accessibility to individual solar net metering systems while offering renewable energy credits. It will also seek to achieve cost savings by adjusting the net metering payments and rates.
“Net metering is one of Vermont’s most successful renewable energy programs,” stated Tony Klein, the Chair of the House of Representatives Natural Resources and Energy Committee in the press release, “Vermont’s distributed generation programs have helped to avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in costly transmission projects.”
“I am pleased that we have recognized the importance of furthering our use of natural resources to create energy,” Klein concluded.
As part of the effort to encourage individuals to install solar, both H.702 and the former net metering system guarantees that if a Vermont resident installs a renewable energy source on their property they receive credit for each kWh produced and fed back into the grid. If a customer is also producing more power than they use, they receive monetary credit as well.
The recently passed law also changes the cap that electric companies have regarding the amount of peak power demand that can be produced via these solar installations. In the past the cap was 4% of the companies’ peak power demand, while the new law ups that cap to 15%. While this change will help to incentivize the change to solar it is not without its negative aspects.
“It is slightly disappointing to me that the Legislature raised the cap as high as they did,” stated Morrisville Water & Light General Manager Craig Myotte in an interview with the News & Citizen, “Raising the cap in smaller increments would have been better.”
Morrisville Water & Light had reached the 4% net metering cap in 2013.
Myotte went on to explain that the while the basic idea behind the net metering systems is a good one, but the Legislature still has not worked out all the details for the system despite the fact that it has already been enacted for some time. One main issue he raised is the fact that those customers of a utility that do not have net metering systems basically have to subsidize those that do, since they now must make up the loss in revenue for the utility. He also added that it means those customers using net metering systems are no longer helping to pay for the infrastructure needed to transport power even though they are still using that infrastructure.
“They are still using the infrastructure,” Myotte explained, “If their power-producing facility is not running they are still using the network to receive power.”
“We need to work out a better balance,” Myotte concluded.
Vermont was recently ranked fifth in per capita solar installations during the third quarter of 2013.
by Mickey Smith
Waterville voters are being offered two options to be considered at Town Meeting regarding the future of their community library.
In the past, the library has been seasonal and staffed by volunteers. Last year they were open for 47 days (10 more than the year before) from June to October and saw a large jump in usage. According to numbers provided in the Town Report, patron visits jumped from 44 to 121 and checkouts more than doubled from 50 to 109. The library is located in the front portion of the old school, and the building needs some work. Repairs listed in the library report include: wiring for the entryway, replacement windows to make the building more heat efficient, repair damage/mold-mildew issues in the basement, repairs to the covered entry way, exterior paint and roof work.
Along with needed work, a question is being raised about expanding the season and heating the building into the winter so they can have a year round space.
The report states the library board was approached by the Belvidere School Board about combining their library services into one joint public library at the Belvidere School. [The report did state this, but Belvidere said it did not approach Waterville first. Editor] Heating and light costs for winter use are estimated at about $103.45 per day, with Waterville’s share $51.73 per day the library is open. Regular costs, including internet books and supplies, would be split by the two towns.
Voters are being asked if they would like to expend $6,500 toward making some of the needed repairs and allowing the library to be open year round. If that does not pass, they are asking if the town would like to expend $4,189 to go towards creating a joint library with Belvidere, contingent on approval by voters in Belvidere.
Without the library article or the $5,720 in appropriations, the town’s budget is down about $2,500 at $274,580.36. If voters were to approve either of those measures, along with everything else on the warning, the Waterville General Expenditures budget would be increased between $7,000 and $9,000 over last year, depending on the voters’ choice on the library.
Other areas showing a large increase includes, a $2,000 increase in office supplies largely for a new computer in the Town Clerk’s. A $2,500 increase in fire protection and a $2,000 increase in the selectmen/clerk salary line item.