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April 29, 2015 Front Page Headlines

Honor Society
Inductees into the Waterville chapter of the National Honor Society were Sara Hollingsworth, Julia Lamont, Sophia Fister, Alexis Decker, Monica Blunt, Jane Gray, Kaelee Cleary, Helen Chadderdon, back, advisor Robert Gray, Quinton Parker, Tyler Oaksford, Stephanie Williams, Shannon Strohmeyer, Molly Suba, Jenna Pugliese-McNamara, Kaitlyn Roys, Donald Shantal III, Samuel Stuttard, guests speaker Dawn Roller, Principal Matthew St. Peter. Missing from the photo: Karissa Bengough, Ariel Smith. Waterville High School students joined the Kappa Chapter of the National Honor Society in the 79th induction ceremony last month. Senior Edwin Brennan welcomed the new members and parents and family. Kristen Gallagher spoke about leadership and Hannah Gray talked about scholarship. Megan Eastman and Brent Salvaggio spoke about service and character, respectively. Dawn Roller, director of HQ Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Trade Compliance at Indium Corp. was the guest speaker. Advisor Robert Gray and High School Principal Matt St. Peter handed out certificates to the new members.

Apartment Hearing Set For May 11
Waterville Village Board members will solicit feedback on the proposed apartment complex on Putnam Street next month. A public hearing has been set for May 11, 7 p.m., at Village Hall. People can offer their opinions on the three-building, 10-unit project that would be built on the former Waterville Knitting Mill site. A dress rehearsal of sorts took place at last week’s Village Board meeting. A hearing had been scheduled, but was delayed because the zoning change resolution was not available for public. Village attorney Bill Getman advised moving the hearing after some objections to the lack of the chance to review the resolution. Getman and Mayor Gene Ostrander told the 60 or so people at the hearing that the resolution would merely state the parcel’s zoning was changed from industrial to planned development, and the board might not even vote that night. But after some questions from the audience about that, and Trustee Tom McNamara saying he and trustees Bruce Treen and Brian Bogan did not recollect any board discussion about the hearing, the decision was made to wait. Former village clerk Lorena Lenard said the hearing did not meet the required 10-day public notice either. That is why the original plan to have the hearing at the board’s May 4 meeting had to be pushed back a week. After the 20-minute discussion regarding the legality of the hearing, about half of the people left the meeting. Among those at the meeting was Dave Sullivan, who is proposing the project. Sullivan and the village have reached a deal for him to purchase the property contingent on the zoning change. Resident Liz Barnes presented the board with a petition of protest signed by neighboring property owners. She said because 20 percent signed it, the board needs a super majority - four of five votes - to approve the zoning change. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

BCS Finalizes 2015-16 Budget

This year, there will be no worries about super majorities. The Brookfield Board of Education last week approved the budget that will go to voters next week. The $6.1 million spending plan goes up 2.7 percent from this year’s, or $162,825. The tax rate increase will be around 4 percent, with the final figure set after this year’s budget is done, Superinten-dent Jim Plows said. Brookfield’s tax cap this year is 4.1 percent; anything over that would require 60 percent of the vote rather than 50 percent plus one. Last year Brookfield’s first attempt at a budget failed by less than 1 vote to reach the super majority. A revised budget did get the 60 percent the second time around. Plows told the board the budget carries a sizeable deficit, close to $300,000. About two-thirds of that comes from $110,000 budgeted for a new bus and $85,000 for an upgraded water system. Plows said both expenses will be held off for as long as possible. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!

And, They’re Off
On Saturday hundreds braved the elements and a tough 5k or 5-mile obstacle course to remember Daniel Barden, who was one of 20 students killed in December 2012 in a school shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn. Story, photos pages 8-9.

Veterans Invited To Ceremony
This year's Honor Our Local Veterans Celebration by Memorial Park School will be Wednesday, May 20 at 8:45 a.m. Refreshments for veterans will be served in the cafeteria following the ceremony. Any veteran is welcome to attend. Plan to arrive early to allow the Flag Raising Ceremony to start at 8:45 a.m. Please RSVP to Sheri Brennan in the MPS Office at 841-3700 by Friday, May 15.

Petitions In For Boards
Both Waterville and Brookfield boards of education have petitions filed by incumbent members. In Waterville, Roberta Williams and Jamie Crandall filed to run again. In Brookfield, board member Sean Karn. Residents vote May 19 on board members and their district’s 2015-16 budget.

Town of Marshall
The Town of Marshall purchased a 1996 truck from the Village of Bridgewater for $20,000. The board approved the purchase at its March meeting. The truck will be used for pushing back snowbanks and replaces one lost in the Highway Department fire. The board also agreed to spend $2,860 for stopping leaks and condensation in the office area of the Town Garage. Northern Spray Foam had the lowest of three bids. The board voted 3-1 to give Rich Dibble an easement off the Town’s driveway for him to make a driveway. Board members Jack Buschmann, Eric Schachtler and Dan Williams voted yes and Susan McConnell voted no. The board added the positions of deputy town clerk, animal control officer and a fifth member of the Board of Assessment and Review. For the Complete Article, Click Here to Subscribe!


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