Selectmen unanimously approved $296,461 for the wastewater treatment facility budget at the April 17 board meeting.

"We will spend $1,890 less this year than last year," Town Manager James Gillway said.

Some reasons for the reduction include declining oil prices and changing health insurance plans as a result of a new contract. Doors at the facility also were replaced, which helped with efficiency, he added.

"We are adding money to plant repairs," Gillway said, "but deducting funds from chemicals, gas and diesel."

In 2016, heating oil and propane cost the town $3,455, compared to $2,895 last year. At the half-way mark this year, Gillway said, the town has paid "just under $1,000 to date …. We feel comfortable budgeting $4,500 for this year."

Upcoming events

Leaf and Limb Day will take place Sunday, May 6, at the transfer station on Dump Road off Back Searsport Road. This is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted leaves and branches and is a free service to town residents.

Police Chief Richard LaHaye reminded everyone about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building (3 Union St.). This event is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs, the chief said.

All selectmen agreed on Aaron Fethke representing the town as attorney and gave the town manager authority to negotiate a land swap with Chris Colby.

The 175th Anniversary Committee appointed Linda Payson secretary, and Karen Kelly and Jack Merrithew will serve as co-chairmen. A committee meeting Wednesday, May 9, at 3 p.m. at the Stephen Phillips Library is open to anyone who would like to participate.