The annual town meeting held March 16 was one of the "shortest and quietest meetings we've had in a while," according to Town Clerk Jane McLaughlin.

About 45 residents attended the 1 p.m. meeting at the Varney Community Building, where 36 articles were passed as written, municipal officers were re-elected and not much debate was heard in between. The most talked-about item concerned trash and recycling.

In elections, Mike Switzer ran unopposed and was re-elected as selectman for another three-year term. Also re-elected were Roscoe Kenney as road commissioner, Jeff Archer as fire chief, Arthur Butler as addressing officer, Susan Champa to the Planning Board and Ray Quimby to the Cemetery Trust Fund Committee.

All agencies were given requested funds totaling $15,825, including Brooks Historical Society ($2,500), Belfast Area Child Care Services ($500), Broadreach Family & Community Services ($600), Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County ($500), The Game Loft ($300), Midcoast Maine Community Action-WIC ($525), New Hope for Women ($695), Spectrum Generations ($823) and Waldo Community Action Partners ($9,382).

The only article that elicited some discussion was about trash, McLaughlin said. Residents talked about the new Fiberight waste processing facility slated to open May 1, and its implication on recycling.

Big-ticket budget items included $150,000 appropriated for paving roads; $264,700 for winter roads, general maintenance, capital improvements and road commissioner's stipend; $79,825 appropriated for transfer station operations; and $42,400 for the Fire Department (salaries, maintenance and budget).

Reynolds Road is scheduled for paving this summer, along with either Lang Hill or Valley Road.

McLaughlin said, "What doesn't get done this year will get done next year."

The total budget went up by $41,867 to $771,827 from $729,960. Taxes will be due Sept. 30, and a 9-percent interest fee will begin on Oct. 1 for any unpaid taxes.

According to the Town Report, in 2018 Brooks had 11 babies born (eight boys and three girls); eight couples were married, and 11 people died.

The meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.