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Hello Waldo,

I want to share some more info from the town meeting for those who didn’t attend.

Walter Whitcomb moderated again, and I think it’s clear that if there’s ever a disaster here in Waldo we should all go to his house, because he will have it all figured out! Thanks Walt!

This was my first town meeting with a Select Board form of government (after having worked for years with a council form of government). I learned a lot but I had a lot of questions, too. I wonder if it isn’t possible to have an info session every few years about how town meetings work and legal proceedings that have to be followed (here’s looking at you again, Walt…).

There was good discussion at the town meeting about stipends for certain elected positions. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to how we land on these numbers (which is the case for most towns like ours, I think). I was glad that we revisited the second and third Select Persons’ pay as they presumably do the most work; their pay was brought up slightly to even out with other positions.

Another area that would be helpful to provide residents with more information about, is what it entails to hold certain positions. For example, the Planning Board. There is always a need for members, yet there’s no discussion about what someone does on the Planning Board, or what the time commitment is. I was glad to see that there is some younger leadership on the Planning Board.

People asked about when tax lien properties would go up for sale, and we were promised there would be public meetings about them in the future, which would be advertised in the paper. I hope that the dates are shared with me as well to post here. Unfortunately it is a complicated process that often (rightfully) falls to the bottom of the to do list.

The broadband status was brought up, and Shirley Caler shared that the next step is an engineering study and that we have a grant for it.

A last reminder about the April 12 roads meeting at 6 p.m. at the Waldo town building.

Enjoy the nice weather in the week ahead and hopefully we will have tulips in bloom soon.

Waldo town meeting. Photo by Sadie Lloyd Mudge