This year’s annual Waldo Town Meeting began promptly at 9 a.m. with a pledge of allegiance to the American flag.

The first item of business was to elect Walter Whitcomb as moderator. Next, town officers offered their yearly reports, after which Kathy Littlefield was chosen to resume her duties as first selectman for a term expiring in 2020.

In determining salaries for town positions, all current officers, including the newly elected first selectman, chose to receive the same compensation as was paid last year.

Returning officers for town positions include Sandra Smith as town clerk, tax collector and excise tax collector; Kelli Jacobs, treasurer; Robert Cartier, fire chief; Tom Wagner, emergency management director; and Alvin Winslow as road commissioner.

The town also elected three Planning Board members. Walter Wagner was elected Planning Board chairman for an annual salary of $500, while Craig Curtis and Michael Cunningham were elected as associate members, both for a salary of $0.

Three ordinances

Voters decided upon three different ordinances. The first, Consumer Fireworks Ordinance for the Town of Waldo, was met with lively discussions, both pro and con. The ordinance itself was given to a Waldo family by Maine House Majority Leader Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast. The ordinance, a clone of a similar one from a town in Vermont, was lengthy, with convoluted language. It also was so restrictive that voters worried that it bordered on a total ban.

The persons sponsoring the ordinance were joined by others who had experienced similar problems from neighbors igniting fireworks, mostly skyrockets, after the state-appointed allowable time. But other residents felt that since they enjoyed their fireworks and only used them in a reasonable, lawful manner, they should not suffer under the new ordinance, if passed.

One of the several problems with the proposed ordinance was that, according to First Selectman Kathy Littlefield, no one in town had authority to enforce the ordinance if passed.

After considerable time and testimony, the voters rejected the proposed ordinance. However, it appears that another more workable, less complex ordinance may be in the town’s future.

The next ordinance, the Town of Waldo Land Use Ordinance, after considerable testimony from Planning Board members and questions from voters, was approved. The ordinance, as Planning Board Member Lee Stover (term expires 2018) explained, was an extension of the existing ordinance and as such, did little more than bring the existing ordinance into compliance with current state regulations.

The last proposed ordinance, the Town of Waldo Moratorium Ordinance on Retail Marijuana Establishments and Retail Marijuana Stores and Retail Marijuana Social Clubs, was initially met with scattered resistance from voters. However, First Selectman Kathy Littlefield explained that this was only a 90-day ordinance and if passed, would give Waldo time to examine whatever rules for marijuana establishments might be passed down from the state. The ordinance was finally approved.

After passing a number of unopposed articles, voters chose to accept Article 23, an article, To see what sum of money the town will vote to raise or appropriate for town accounts and salaries. Article 23 was passed in its entirety.

Agency requests

Voters addressed requests from nonprofit agencies. New Hope for Women was awarded $495, Central Maine Area Agency on Aging was given $225, $2,092 was given as a block to Waldo Community Partners, $500 went to the Rena Whitney Scholarship Fund and $200 was awarded to The Game Loft, along with an additional $200 matching share pledged by Waldo resident Michael Cunningham. A request for $250 from Broadreach Family & Community Services was declined.

The meeting adjourned at 12:02 p.m.