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Town Meeting 06/07/2003
Town of Sebago
State of Maine
Town Meeting Minutes
June 7, 2003


At 9:00 a.m. Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas, called the meeting to order and asked the public to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were: Selectmen, Ruth Douglas, George Tinkham, and Robert Irish Jr.; Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow; and Budget Committee Members, Alan Crabtree, Jan Wilk, Anne McMahon, and David Hague. Approximately 89 townspeople attended. The minutes are as follows:


Art. 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
Ruth Douglas made a motion to nominate Alan Munroe. It was seconded by Bob Irish Jr. There being no other nominations, written ballots were cast in favor of Alan Munroe, and Alan Munroe was sworn in as Moderator for the meeting.


Alan Munroe stated that the amount on Article 53 should read $140,852. He stated that Lakes Region Television would be taping the meeting, and asked the public to use the microphones provided. Alan stated that before the lunch recess, the Town Manager would be presenting public service awards. He announced that the Ladies Auxiliary had coffee and doughnuts for sale, and that lunch would be hot dogs and chips. Lastly, Alan thanked Steve Douglas and the Public Works Director for the new podium.


Art. 2. To see if the Town will dispense with the reading of the last Annual Town Meeting minutes.
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to dispense with the reading of the last Annual Town Meeting minutes. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


ESTABLISHED BUDGETARY ARTICLES

Art. 3. To see if the Town will vote to accept and apply the following non-tax revenues against the total amount authorized to be raised by taxation

NON-TAX REVENUE TYPE AMOUNT
ESTIMATED
Property Tax Interest $15,000
Lien Costs $1,700
Agent Fees $7,600
Auto Excise Tax $200,000
Boat Excise Tax $10,000
Building Permits $14,000
Cemetery Lot Sales $1,000
Weapons Permits $500
Photocopying Fees $500
Planning Board Fees $150
Plumbing Permit Fees $5,000
Vital Statistics $900
Appeals Board Fees $400
Douglas Mountain Parking $5,500
Douglas Mountain Donations $250
Dog License Late Fees $200
State Park Fee Sharing $1,200
Recreation Program Fees $3,900
URIP $55,700
General Assistance $4,450
Snowmobile Fees Refund $900
State Revenue Sharing $88,000
Tree Growth $18,000
Veterans Reimbursement $1,100
Tree Growth Penalties $1,500
Town Hall Rental Fees $1,200
Potter Fund Interest $1,200
Parking Fines $500
Transfer Station Fees $21,000
Homestead Reimbursement $46,371
Payments in Lieu of Taxes $1,200
Daytime EMS Revenue $46,620
General Fund Interest Income $8,400
Household Hazardous Waste $1,500
Carryover for Revaluation $42,750
Use of Ted Bear Reserve $2,733
Use of Long Beach Reserve $6,000
Use of Comp Plan Reserve $1,000
Use of Undesignated Funds $134,425
TOTAL
$752,349
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 4. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate funds by taxation and other revenue to establish wages, salaries, and stipends for the following positions
POSITION SALARY/
STIPEND

Bud. Com.
SALARY/

STIPEND

Selectmen
HOURLY

RATEB.C. & Sel.
Chairman, Board of Selectmen    
Selectmen  $3,000 each  
Town Manager $44,374 $44,374  
Clerk-Treasurer $30,160 $30,160  
Code Enforcement Officer   $13.00
Deputy Clerk-Treasurer   $12.21
Clerks' Assistant   $8.80
Moderator   $9.16
Ballot Clerks   $8.35
Public Works Director $32,156 $32,156  
P. W. Equipment Operator   $11.70
Transfer Station Supervisor   $9.99
Custodian   $9.71
P. W. Laborer   $9.16
Transfer Station Attendant   $7.36
Student Worker   $6.25
Fire Chief $3,000 $3,000  
Deputy Fire Chief $1,500 $1,500  
Fire Captains $525 $525  
Fire Lieutenants $275 $275  
Fire Fighter Level 5   $13.00
Fire Fighter Level 4   $10.50
Fire Fighter Level 3   $8.25
Fire Fighter Level 2   $7.25
Fire Fighter Level 1   $6.25
Rescue Chief $3,000 $3,000  
Assistant Rescue Chief $1,500 $1,500  
Paramedic/Critical Care   $13.26
Paramedic/C. C. (New Hire)   $12.75
EMT Intermediate   $11.22
EMT Intermediate (New Hire)   $10.71
EMT Basic   $10.20
EMT Basic (New Hire)   $9.69
Recreation Director   $10.72
Summer Recreation Supervisor   $9.18
Summer Recreation Counselor   $7.14
Water Safety Instructor   $10.20
Douglas Mountain Attendant   $8.08
Beach Attendant   $7.61
Animal Control Officer   $9.71
Constable   $9.24
Health Officer $500 $500
Ted Greene stated that he had looked over the articles on the warrant and did not find many articles in which the Budget Committee and the Selectmen disagreed. He felt there was a lot of careful consideration and hard work from the Department Heads, Town Manager, Selectmen and Budget Committee, therefore, Ted Greene made a motion to accept articles 5-7, 9-57, and 61-64 according to the Budget Committee's recommendations. It was seconded by Bob Irish Sr. He stated that the public should be allowed at this time to speak on any of these articles. Paul White suggested a few moments be allowed for the public to review the articles.



•Ann Burns spoke regarding Article 21. She stated that the Teddy Bear reserve account was set up for abused or neglected animals, and should not be used for the Animal Control Account.

•George Tinkham made a motion to exclude Article 61 from the list. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. The motion carried.


•Maurice Davies felt this was a "carte blanche" approach, even if the Budget Committee and the Selectmen agreed. He felt the articles should be done individually, not under a blanket vote.


•Jan Wilk stated that the Board and the Budget Committee worked hard to agree on many of the articles, and there were some in which they didn't agree.


•Some members of the public felt that such a blanket vote removed the rights of the public to speak. Bob Irish Jr. said that the right to speak on any article is at this time.


There being no further discussion, a vote was taken to accept articles 5-7, 9-57, and 62-64 per Budget Committee's recommendation failed. (30 in favor, and 33 against).

Art. 5. To see if the Town will vote to set the mileage reimbursement rate for town employees at 35 cents per mile. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to approve the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Bob Irish Sr. asked the Town Manager if this included all town employees. Rosemary responded that it only applied to the departments that have a mileage budgetary line item. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $320 from taxation and $1,200 from other revenue to fund the Elections account in the amount of $1,520. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to approve the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $280 from taxation and $400 from
board fees to fund the Board of Appeals account in the amount of $680. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 8. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from taxation and other revenue to fund the Board of Selectmen account. (Selectmen recommend $15,700; Budget Committee recommends $11,200.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to raise and appropriate from taxation and other revenue $11,200 to fund the Board of Selectmen account. It was seconded by a member of the public. George Tinkham made an amendment to the motion to raise and appropriate from taxation and other revenue, $15,700 to pay the Board of Selectmen. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Discussion followed. Bob Irish Jr. stated that he had done some research using the Maine Municipal Salary Survey, and found that the Town of Sebago's board members make more than most communities with similar populations. He stated that with a Town Manager, the Board of Selectmen's duties are reduced. George stated that all departments were receiving a 2% wage increase, but if Bob Irish's motion goes through, the Selectmen are taking a 30% cut. Bob Irish Jr. stated that he calculated the hours that Selectmen spend on meetings, and it figured to approximately $34/hour. Anne McMahon mentioned the reduction was to keep the budget in line with last year. There being no further discussion, the amended motion to raise and appropriate from taxation and other revenue, $15,700 to fund the Board of Selectmen account was voted on and carried. The main motion then became, to raise and appropriate from taxation and other revenue, $15,700 to fund the Board of Selectmen account was voted on and carried.


Michael Foye stated that the Town already approved the Selectmen's wages at $11,700 under Article 4. Since the wages were changed in this article he felt it was appropriate to reconsider Article 4. George Tinkham made a motion to reconsider Article 4. It was seconded by Ruth. Allen Crabtree amended the motion to reconsider only the Selectmen's wages under Article 4. It was seconded by Anne McMahon. The amendment carried. George made a motion to pay the Selectmen $3,000 each. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried. The main motion to reconsider paying the Selectmen 3,000 each carried.


Art. 9. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $17,674 from permit fees to fund the Code Enforcement Officer account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.


Art. 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $200 from dog late fees and $550 from taxation to fund the Health Officer account in the amount of $750. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $24,000 from taxation to fund the Computer account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth. Rosemary explained that the $24,000 covers a lease for computer equipment, software, hardware, and service agreements. Motion carried.


Art. 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $185 from taxation to fund the Moderator account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 13. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $44,870 from taxation and $11,200 from other revenue to fund the Clerks account in the amount of $56,070. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 14. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,800 from taxation, $150 from Board fees, and $1,000 from the Comprehensive Plan Reserve Account to fund the Planning Board account in the amount of $7,950. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $46,424 from taxation to fund the Town Manager account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 16. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $76,500 from State Shared Revenue and $2,000 from taxation to fund the General Administration account in the amount of $78,500. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.


Art. 17. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $34,250 from taxation and $8,400 from other revenue to fund the Employee Benefits account in the amount of $42,650. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 18. To see if the Town will vote to carry over $12,750 or all FY03 unexpended funds from this account, and raise and appropriate $21,375 from taxation to fund the Tax Equalization Program account in the amount of $34,125. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 19. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $11,000 from State Shared Revenue to fund the Legal Services account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $1,700 from taxation to fund the Alarm account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 21. To see if the Town will vote to use $2,733 from the Teddy Bear Reserve Account to fund the Animal Control Officer account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 22. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $300 from taxation to fund the Constable account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 23. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $46,620 from ambulance fees to fund the Daytime Emergency Medical Services account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.


Art. 24. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $14,149 from taxation and $46,371 from other revenue to fund the Fire Department account in the amount of $60,520. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 25. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $23,690 from taxation and $19,500 from other revenue to fund the Insurance account in the amount of $43,190. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 26. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $11,630 from taxation and $15,000 from other revenue to fund the Emergency Medical Services account in the amount of $26,630. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $13,000 from taxation to fund the Street Lights account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 28. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $15,235 from taxation to fund the 911 Dispatch account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 29. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $147,000 from taxation and $21,000 from user fees to fund the Transfer Station account in the amount of $168,000. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Questions were raised inquiring if the town increased recycling, whether or not it would reduce costs. Bob Irish Jr. responded that recycling would increase costs. George responded with the fact that the town is currently recycling cardboard, and that has saved some money. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.


Art. 30. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $500 from taxation to fund the account for maintenance of the Closed Landfill. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.


Art. 31. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,004 from taxation and $105,000 from excise tax revenue to fund the Summer Roads account in the amount of $111,004. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.
Art. 32. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $45,688 from taxation, $105,000 from excise tax revenue, and $25,000 from the undesignated fund balance to fund the Winter Roads account in the amount of $175,688. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 33. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to renew the contract with the People's Regional Opportunity Program to administer the Town of Sebago's General Assistance program, and raise and appropriate $5,594 from taxation and $4,450 from the state General Assistance reimbursement to fund General Assistance administration ($1,144) and expense ($8,900) accounts in the total amount of $10,044. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.
Art. 34. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,950 from parking fees and other revenue and $1,960 from taxation to fund the Douglas Mountain account in the amount of $8,910. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 35. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $15,870 from taxation to fund the Town Office Building account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 36. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $2,950 from taxation to fund the Veterans Memorial Park account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Michael Foye wanted to know why wages were included in this budget this year. Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow, explained that work done in the different areas in town by the Public Works Department used to be reflected in the summer roads and winter roads account. This year in order to more properly reflect the operating cost of each department, wages will be shown in their proper budgets. There being no further discussion, motion carried.
Art. 37. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $8,734 from taxation to fund the Town Garage account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. It was asked if the increase was to reflect the cost of wages, and the response was "yes". There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 38. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $4,450 from taxation and $500 from parking fines to fund the Town Beach account in the amount of $4,950. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Allen Crabtree. Motion carried.


Art. 39. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $23,635 from taxation and $1,200 from town hall rental fees to fund the Town Hall account in the amount of $24,835. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.


Art. 40. To see if the Town will vote to apply $1,200 interest income from the Joseph Fitch Potter Fund toward the cost of education and reduce the amount to be raised by taxation for S.A.D. 61 by $1,200. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Ted Greene felt that the Town should honor the man by stating Dr. Joseph Fitch Potter. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.


Art. 41. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $8,918 from taxation and $15,446 from program fees to fund the Recreation account in the amount of $24,364. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Bob Irish Sr. wanted to know how much revenue was collected last year. Rosemary stated that $3,917 was collected. Bob want to know where the difference would come from if projected revenues are not met. Rosemary stated that if the participation doesn't bring in the revenue for a particular program, the expense associated with that program would be less. Bob stated that the article reads that $24,364 will be budgeted for this account, $15,446 of which is supposed to be raised from revenue. He asked, in the event that the revenue is not raised and the Town spends $24,364, would the extra funds have to come from the undesignated fund balance and require a Special Town Meeting? Rosemary stated that a Special Town Meeting would have to be called to expend funds exceeding the appropriation. Budget Committee member Jan Wilk stated that the Town is only raising and appropriating $8,918. The remainder would come from fees charged for various programs, if those funds are not raised, then the programs would not occur. Ted Davis made an amendment to the motion to reflect $3,900 instead of the $15,446 for program revenue. It was seconded by Bob Irish Sr. Chris Barbour wanted to know how the Budget Committee and Selectmen estimated $15,446 when only $3,917 came in. Jan Wilk and Rosemary Kulow explained that the programs were new and were not that well attended. It is hoped that this year the attendance in the various programs will be higher and meet projections. Bob Irish Jr. stated that the $24,364 was a cap in spending. Alan Munroe stated that if the amendment passes with $3,900, that changes the budget amount to $12,818, which would be the new spending cap. There being no further discussion, a vote on the amendment was taken and passed 32 in favor and 22 against. The main motion to raise and appropriate $8,918 from taxation and $3,900 from program fees to fund the Recreation account in the amount of $12,818 carried.


Art. 42. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $18,000 from taxation to fund the Spaulding Memorial Library account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.
Art. 43. To see if the Town will vote to fund the Branch-Duckers Snowmobile Club account with $900 from the State's snowmobile registrations refund. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 44. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,975 from taxation to fund the Sebago Youth Athletic Association Baseball and Softball program account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Questions were asked why the Sebago Youth Athletic Association was not part the recreation department. David McCarthy stated that S.Y.A.A. is separate from the Town. The S.Y.A.A. does fund raisers during the year, but needs more money for field maintenance. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 45. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $500 from taxation to fund the Soccer program account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 46. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $2,900 from taxation to fund the account for Small Cemeteries. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 47. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $300 from taxation to fund the account for Memorial Day Flags. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Alan Crabtree. Motion carried.


Art. 48. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $1,000 from cemetery lot sales and $300 from taxation to fund the Sebago Cemetery account in the amount of $1,300. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 49. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $14,125 from the undesignated fund balance to provide funding for the Service Organizations listed below. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)

AGENCY AMOUNT
Child Health Services $100
Community Health $1,700
Family Crisis $1,275
P.R.O.P. $5,400
Regional Transportation $1,330
Sexual Assault $250
So. Maine Area Agency on Aging $1,820
Tri-County Mental Health $1,500
Chamber of Commerce $500
Day One $250
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 50. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $55,700 from the MDOT URIP allocation and $14,300 from the undesignated fund balance to fund the Capital Improvement Projects / Paving account in the amount of $70,000. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 51. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $13,000 from the undesignated fund balance to fund the Capital Equipment / Vehicles account to purchase a tag-along trailer for the backhoe. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Art. 52. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $14,000 from the undesignated fund balance to fund the Capital Equipment / Vehicles account to purchase a Lifepak 12 for Emergency Medical Services. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 53. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $145,443 from taxation for the Cumberland County Tax levy. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to raise and appropriate $140,852 from taxation for the Cumberland County Tax levy. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 54. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $10,000 from the undesignated fund balance for the Emergency Medical Services Reserve Account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Rescue Chief, Helen Twombly explained that the current rescue unit is 11 years old, and will need to be replaced. This reserve account will be used to replace the unit. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 55. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $25,000 from the undesignated fund balance for the Sand/Salt Shed Reserve Account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Maurice Davies asked the Board how much was currently in the reserve account for the sand/salt shed. Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow, stated that $74,204.03 was currently in the account. Fernand Letellier asked the Board if the State would be helping with the cost of the building. Rosemary stated that the State has about one million dollars per year and that funds approximately 4-5 sheds per year. The Town of Sebago would have to build the facility first, and then seek reimbursement from the State. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 56. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $12,000 from the undesignated fund balance and $6,000 from the Long Beach Reserve Account to fund the Bridge Reserve Account in the amount of $18,000. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. The public asked what is the Long Beach Reserve Account and which bridges would be improved. Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow, stated that the Long Beach Reserve Account had been set up for improvements to Rte.114 in the Long Beach area. The funds currently in the account are funds that are left over. She further explained that the Department of Transportation is going to be improving Route 114 this year from Gorham to Standish. It is their hope that within the next 10 years, Gorham to Naples will be improved as well. Rosemary stated that the Department of Transportation has identified the bridge on the Folly Road and the bridge on Fitch Road as needing replacement. This reserve account would help pay for their replacements. There being no further discussion, motion carried.
Art. 57. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $3,503 from taxation to fund the Regional Waste Systems debt obligation. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article was read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. The Town Manager explained that the debt was incurred when the Town signed on with R.W.S. and they were trying to site a demo dumping facility. R.W.S. obtained permits and engineering plans, but the actual development did not occur, leaving the debt. The Town used to pay the debt through tipping fees when contracted with R.W.S. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.


OTHER ESTABLISHED ARTICLES


Art. 58. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Tax Collector to accept prepayment of taxes. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Jan Wilk. Motion carried.


Art. 59. To see if the Town will vote to establish an interest rate of 7% on delinquent property tax bills and establish property tax payment due dates of November 7, 2003 and May 7, 2004. (Selectmen so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 60. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen for, and on behalf of the Town, to execute quit claim deeds of the Town's interest in any real estate acquired by virtue of matured tax liens and to fix the terms and conditions thereof. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Ted Greene made a motion to amend the article to read that the Town will authorize the Selectmen for, and on behalf of the Town, to execute quit claim deeds of the Town's interest in any real estate acquired by virtue of matured tax liens within the last 12 months, and to fix the terms and conditions thereof. It was seconded by Alan Greene. Ted Greene felt that the Town should preserve open spaces for the public's future use. He also felt that offering some of the properties to abutters is unfair. Bob Irish Jr. explained that the Town has a Tax-Acquired Property Committee that makes recommendations to the Board on how those properties should be disposed. Some members of the public felt that the properties that are for sale should be line items at the Annual Town Meeting, allowing the townspeople to decide which properties would be retained by the town, and which would be sold. The townspeople would then decide how to dispose of such property. A vote was taken on Ted Greene's amendment to authorize the Selectmen for, and on behalf of the Town, to execute quit claim deeds of the Town's interest in any real estate acquired by virtue of matured tax liens within the last 12 months, and to fix the terms and conditions thereof, and failed. Allen Crabtree's main motion to accept the article as read was voted on and carried.


Art. 61. To see if the Town will vote to approve the ten-year Capital Investment Program as presented. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Jan Wilk made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Allen Crabtree. George Tinkham was not in favor of this program. He felt the town's people should really look it over to see what is being proposed over time. Bob Irish Sr. stated that this article appropriates/raises zero dollars, and that it was mainly a "wish list" from various departments. Allen Crabtree stated that it helps project future projects that will require funding in the future. Some members of the public felt they were not given enough time to review the document. They felt that the Town should have notified in the local papers that such documents were available for review. Marjorie Raleigh made a motion to table this article until the public had time to review the document. It was seconded by George Tinkham. The motion failed with 26 in favor of tabling, and 32 against tabling. The main motion to approve the article as read carried.
At this time, Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow, awarded the Volunteer of the Year to Arthur Crowe. Mr. Crowe received a standing ovation, but was not present to accept his award. Rescue Chief, Helen Twombly, stated that Mr. Crowe has driven the rescue to all but about 5 calls, and if the Town did not have Mr. Crowe, it would have to hire a driver. Rosemary thanked Mr. Crowe for his outstanding service to the Town driving the ambulance.


Rosemary proudly awarded the Employee of the Year award to Gail Irish for her outstanding service to the Town as Deputy Clerk/Treasurer. Gail Irish also received a standing ovation.


Lastly, Rosemary presented Fire Chief, Alan Greene, a Municipal Service Award for his 9 years as Fire Chief. Rosemary stated that it was with regret that she accepted Alan's resignation, which will be presented to the Board for its acceptance, and thanked him for a job well done. Alan thanked the town's people and the town office staff for their help throughout the years and wished Ken Littlefield the best as he takes office in July.


Rescue Chief, Helen Twombly thanked Public Works Director, Ted Shane, and his staff for all their help this year with the rescue building.


At 12:15 p.m. the meeting recessed for lunch, and scheduled to reconvene at 12:45 p.m.


Alan Munroe read the election results.


NEW MONETARY ARTICLES


Art. 62. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $2,500 from the undesignated fund balance to fund a Sebago Days Fireworks account. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
George Tinkham made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.


Art. 63. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $1,500 from user fees and $1,500 from the undesignated fund balance to fund an account for Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the amount of $3,000. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Rosemary stated that Sebago would be participating along with Raymond, Casco, Naples and Harrison. Clean Harbors would be providing the service in Raymond on August 2, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Types of hazardous waste accepted include batteries, paint and mercury. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 64. To see if the Town will vote to accept a Community Gateways Program grant from the M.D.O.T. in the amount of $5,000, and appropriate $3,000 from the undesignated fund balance to fund Public Works labor costs for the Community Gateway Project. (Selectmen and Budget Committee so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the motion as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Rosemary explained that the grant is from the Department of Transportation for improving gateways into communities. She stated that the money would be used for two signs along Rte. 114 welcoming people to Sebago. The money would also be used for a granite chain link fence, 2 park benches, a fir tree, and flowers at the Veteran's Memorial Park. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 65. To see if the Town will authorize and direct the Board of Selectmen to proceed with the process to bond up to $172,000 to pay for building an addition to Fire Station 1 in Center Sebago. No funds would be expended in fiscal year 2003-2004; the first bond payment would be due in fiscal year 2004-2005.
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Jan Wilk. George made a motion to table this article. It was seconded by Ruth. Ted Greene stated that although the motion to table is not debatable, it is amendable, therefore he amended the motion to have the Town form a committee comprised of the Fire Chief, 1 Fire Fighter, 1 Budget Committee Member, 1 Selectperson, 1 citizen at large and the Town Manager to study the need and location for a new fire station or addition and report back at the next annual town meeting in a form to be voted on at that time. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Members of the public felt it was a good compromise. Some thought the list should be limited to 1 fire fighter to better balance the committee, while others felt it was already well balanced. There being no further discussion, Ted Greene's motion to amend was voted on and carried. The main motion to table as amended carried.


Art. 66. To see if the Town will vote to accept a F.E.M.A. fire equipment grant in the amount of $50,853, contingent upon award, and appropriate $4,085 from the undesignated fund balance as town match. The Sebago Fire Company will also donate $1,000.
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.
OTHER NEW ARTICLES
Art. 67. To see if the Town will vote to adopt Ordinance 03-11, Town of Sebago Cable TV Ordinance. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Ruth made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George. Motion carried.


Art. 68. To see if the Town will vote to adopt Ordinance 03-12, Town of Sebago Disbursement Warrant Ordinance. (Selectmen so recommend.)
George made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Clerk/Treasurer, Michele Bukoveckas explained that the ordinance would allow the selectmen to come to the office individually to approve the warrant for the disbursements of funds. She also stated that the Board could still meet as a whole if they so chose. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 69. To see if the Town will vote to enter into a five-year agreement with the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority for the management of septic tank waste and holding tank waste disposal. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Allen Crabtree made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Ken Allen wanted to know why the Town wasn't using Portland Water District. Rosemary explained that P.W.D. increased their fees to the towns. They also required the haulers to get permits from the homeowner they are hauling from. L.A.W.P.C.A is more cost effective. They require the hauler to obtain a permit from the them. There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Art. 70. To see if the Town will vote to accept Terrace Road and Woodland Road (roads for which owners have granted easement deeds) as public easement roads. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Anne McMahon made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George. Claudia Flynn thanked the Town Manager and the Board for their two years of perseverance and research on this issue. She also stated that there is a section of Anderson Road in which the town has received the proper documentation. That being the case, Claudia Flynn moved to amend the article to include the section of Anderson Road for which documentation has been received and recorded. It was seconded by Ken Allen. The amendment was voted on and passed. There being no further discussion, the main motion to accept Terrace Road, Woodland Road and a portion of Anderson Road, for which proper documentation has been obtained) as public easement roads, carried.


Art. 71. To see if the Town will vote to adopt Resolution 03-13, A Resolution Declaring Certain Roads Historically Maintained by the Town to be Public Easement Roads. (Selectmen so recommend.)
David Hague made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Bill Nason moved to amend the motion to have Nason's Beach removed from the list. It was seconded by Rosemary Kulow. There being no further discussion, the amendment carried. The main motion to adopt Resolution 03-13, A Resolution Declaring Certain Roads Historically Maintained by the Town to be Public Easement Roads, with the exclusion of Nason's Beach was voted on and carried.


Art. 72. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the performance of winter maintenance (snow and ice control) on the public easement roads listed below subject to the approval of the municipal officers. (Selectmen so recommend.)
ROAD NAME MAP LOCATION LENGTH-
Allen Rd 10 Center Sebago, off Convene Rd .25
Anderson Rd 5,30,31,32,33,34 Unpaved portion between paved ends; N. Sebago off Rte. 114 1.3
Bachelder Brook Rd 29 North Sebago, off Rte. 114 .2
Beach St 23 East Sebago, off Northwest River Rd .15
Chickadee Ln 29A North Sebago, off Koceika Rd .1
Cross St 23 East Sebago, off Northwest River Rd .05
Eagle Crest View Rd 4 Off Long Hill Rd .4
Hall Rd 3, 4 Off Long Hill Rd .1
Hemlock Point Rd 29 North Sebago, off Rte. 114 .1
Highland Rd 31 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .1
Koceika Rd 29A North Sebago, off Kimball Corner Rd .5
Mountain View Rd 6 Southwest Sebago, off Dyke Mtn Rd .15
Northwest River Rd 23, 24 East Sebago, off Rte. 114 1.1
Oak Rd 20 East Sebago, off Shore Rd .15
Quaker Camp Rd 31 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .15
Safe Harbor Rd 30 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .3
Salmon Point Rd 30 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .2
Sebaik Rd 31, 32 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .3
Shore Rd 20, 21 East Sebago, off Rte. 114 .3
Sokokis Rd 27 North Sebago, off Rte. 114 .2
Stevens Rd 7 Center Sebago, off Bridgton Rd .2
Terrace Rd 32 North Sebago, off Anderson Rd .1
Woodland Rd 4 East Sebago, off Rte 114 .7
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It was clarified that the list no longer includes Nason's Beach Road. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.


Ted Greene stated that the Town made history today by providing translators for the hearing impaired, and he thanked the Board and Town Manager for the service.


Art. 73. At this time the Moderator shall administer the oath of office to newly elected town officers.
Alan Munroe administered the oath of office to Ruth Douglas for Selectman, Assessor, and Overseer of the Poor for three (3) years, David Hague for Selectman, Assessor, and Overseer of the Poor for two (2) years, and Theodore Davis for Selectman, Assessor, and Overseer of the Poor for one (1) year. Theodore Greene was sworn into office for the Potter Trustee; Lynda Chase and Alfred Chambers were absent. David McCarthy was previously sworn into office for Budget Committee, but Eric Newcomb was not present to take the oath. Sherrill Brown was not present to take the oath for the Sebago Cemetery Committee.


Art. 74. To see if the Town will vote to adjourn.
Ted Greene made a motion to adjourn at 2:50 p.m. It was seconded by George. Motion carried.




Respectfully submitted,




Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk