Jamaica voters approve budget, elect town officers

JAMAICA -- Selectboard Chairwoman Lexa Clark was given an award during Town Meeting from state Rep. Charles "Tim" Goodwin for her service as Rescue Captain.

An increase in stipends for Selectboard members was approved by voters. Previously, board members received $400 per year. The chairwoman or chairman will receive $1,500 and other members will receive $1,000 per year.

Voters approved utilizing operational expenses of $1,104,119 from the general fund. They also approved keeping the Masonic Hall exempt from taxes.

Voters approved raising $900 to go to the Village Cemetery Association, also known as Pleasantville Cemetery.

"It's private and not owned by the town but they are a nonprofit. They asked the town to donate to help defray the cost of mowing and upkeep of the cemetery," said Clark.

A petitioned article to urge the Legislature to support a bottle recycling bill was not approved.

The total budget approved for Jamaica School was for the amount of $1,187,170. Voters approved an increase of salaries for school directors to receive $300, which was $100 more than last year.

Tom Tolbert and Amber Burrows were elected school directors for Jamaica School while Patty Dickson was elected school director for Leland and Gray. Lou Bruso did not run for Selectboard again. Peter Paige was nominated for the one-year seat on the board. Ralph Coleman was elected moderator for one year. Robert Willis was elected first constable. Stewart Barker was elected second constable. Steve Clark was elected town grand juror and trustee of public funds. Pat Meulemans was elected agent to deed land for one year. Peter Andrews was elected town agent. Claire Robinson and Alice Abraham were elected for another year as library trustees.

On March 10, the Selectboard will have its reorganization meeting.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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