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Board of Selectmen Minutes 06/05/2004
MINUTES
Town of Sebago
Annual Town Meeting Minutes
Saturday, June 5, 2004
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, Robert Irish Jr.,Ted Davis ; Town Manager, David Hague; and Budget Committee Members, Alan Crabtree, Jan Wilk, Anne McMahon, and David McCarthy. Approximately 72 townspeople attended. The minutes are as follows:
To Gail Irish, resident, Greetings:
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required by law to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Sebago qualified by law to vote in Town affairs, to meet at the Town Hall in said Town of Sebago at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, the 5th day of June, 2004, to act on the following:
Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
David Hague made a motion to nominate Alan Munroe. It was seconded by Bob Irish Jr. There were no other nominations, a vote was taken and Alan was sworn in as moderator. Alan read the May 18, 2004 Election results.
Article 2. To see if the Town will dispense with the reading of the last Annual Town Meeting minutes.
Ted Greene made a motion to accept the article as read and to adopt the Maine Moderator’s Manual and Roberts Rules of Order to govern the meeting. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Motion carried.
At this time the moderator recognized and thanked all the committees in Town for their hard work. He also thanked David Hague for filling in as Town Manager and putting the Town Report and budget together in a short period of time. Alan informed the public that the Public Works Department won 1st place in the State for the reconstruction of Allen Rd.
Town Manager, David Hague addressed the public. David informed the public that the re-evaluation is progressing on schedule, and that letters will be going out to property owners the week of June 21, 2004. He explained that the tax rate reflected on the letter is just an estimate. David stated that his phone number will be on the letter, and that the public is free to call him at any time to discuss any issues they may have.
Article 3. To see if the Town will vote to accept and apply non-tax revenues against the total amount authorized to be raised by taxation, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Excise Tax $230,000
State Shared Revenue $88,000
Local Road Assistance $56,000
Homestead $30,000
Transfer Station Fees $20,000
Building Permits $14,000
Boat Excise $10,000
Other Non-tax Revenue $58,105
Total $506,105
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $371,979 by taxation and other revenues to establish wages, salaries, and stipends to fund General Government including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 10-02; Administration $207,600
Town Account 10-04; Selectmen $15,200
Town Account 10-06; Town Manager $45,500
Town Account 10-08; Clerk/Tax Collector $52,610
Town Account 10-12; Code Enforcement $17,550
Town Account 10-14; Health Officer $500
Town Account 10-16; General Assistance $8,694
Town Account 10-18; Elections $2,265
Town Account 10-22; Appeals Board $375
Town Account 10-26; Planning Board $7,800
Town Account 10-32; Service Providers $13,885
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Ken Allen asked why $7,800 was budgeted for the Planning Board. David Hague informed the public it was for a consultant for the Comprehensive Plan. There being no further discussion a vote was taken and the motion carried.
Article 5. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $136,730 by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Safety, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 20-02; Alarms $2,200
Town Account 20-04; Animal Control $2,525
Town Account 20-06; Rescue $19,170
Town Account 20-08; Daytime Rescue $45,755
Town Account 20-12; Fire $55,345
Town Account 20-14; Dispatch $11,735
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 6. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $173,125 by taxation and other revenues to fund Health and Sanitation, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 30-06; Solid Waste $168,875
Town Account 30-08; Hazardous Waste $750
Town Account 90-04; RWS Debt Service $3,500
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 7. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $348,333 by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Works, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 30-02; Roads $263,333
Town Account 30-04; Snow Removal $85,000
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 8. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate funds $83,895 taxation and other revenues to fund Maintenance of Town Properties, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 30-12; Street Lights $12,000
Town Account 30-14; Town Hall $21,200
Town Account 30-16; Town Office $14,780
Town Account 30-18; Fire Stations $17,200
Town Account 30-22; Town Garage $7,750
Town Account 30-24; Douglas Mountain $1,200
Town Account 30-26; Veteran’s Memorial $1,150
Town Account 30-28; Sebago Cemetery $1,700
Town Account 30-30; Assoc. Cemeteries $515
Town Account 30-32; Small Cemeteries $1,200
Town Account 30-34; EMS Building $5,000
Town Account 30-36; Town Beach $200
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 9. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $54,961 by taxation and other revenues to fund Recreation and Community Organizations, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account 40-02; Sebago Days $2,000
Town Account 40-04; Memorial Day $250
Town Account 50-02; Recreation Admin. $14,440
Town Account 50-04; Youth Basketball $800*
Town Account 50-06; Yoga $4,080*
Town Account 50-12; Gymnastics $360*
Town Account 50-16; Teen Dances $800*
Town Account 50-20; Holiday Events $650
Town Account 50-22; Swim Lessons $150
Town Account 50-24; Douglas Mountain $3,650
Town Account 50-26; Town Beach $3,700
Town Account 50-30; Snowmobile $1,081*
Town Account 50-32; SYAA Baseball $4,000
Town Account 50-36; Soccer $500
Town Account 60-02; Library $18,500
* = contingent upon and capped by user fees (expenses to equal fees)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 10. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $331,000 by taxation and other revenues to fund the Capital Investment Program, including: (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
Town Account V06; Ambulance $52,000 04-05
Town Account V01; Plow Truck w/Sander $44,000 05-06
Town Account P10; Revaluation Adj. $8,000 09-10
Town Account P01; Trash Compactor $18,000 04-05
Town Account V08; Tank Truck #1 $70,000 06-07
Town Account P08; Station #1 Addition $30,000 04-05
Town Account P06; Town Hall Roof $50,000 04-05
Town Account P04; Salt/Sand Shed $15,000 07-08
Town Account P07; Radio Repeater $10,000 04-05
Town Account V03; Plow Truck w/Sander $18,000 11-12
Town Account V12; Tank Truck 2 $16,000 12-13
* If funding is reduced it must be from the bottom up. (This account is funded by priority from the top down.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. David Hague addressed the public. David explained that the C.I.P program provides a way for the town to save money for anticipated expenses, eliminating the need to borrow funds or lease equipment. Rosemary Kulow expressed that even though this is a good idea, it should be voted down. She stated there are too many variables this year with the uncertainty of the effect of the re-evaluation on property owner’s taxes and the people’s initiative that will be voted on in November. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.
Article 11. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $146,247 by taxation and other revenue to fund the Cumberland County Tax assessment. (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $2,395,511 by taxation and other revenue to fund the Maine School Administrative District No. 61 assessment. (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried.
Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to apply interest income from the Joseph Fitch Potter Fund toward the cost of education for S.A.D. 61. (Selectmen so recommend.
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Gayle Burnell asked the Board if this was indeed Dr. Joseph Fitch Potter’s intention. Ted Greene stated that this article does indeed carry out the intentions of the Potter Fund. There being no further discussion, a vote on the article was taken and the motion carried.
Article 14. 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 George Tinkham. Motion carried
Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to establish an interest rate of 6.5% on delinquent property tax bills and establish property tax due dates of November 5, 2004 and May 5, 2005. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried
Article 16. 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.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Ted Greene stated that he would like to see the bidding process open to the public, not just the abutters. There being no further discussion, the motion was voted on and carried.
Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to accept a department of Homeland Security fire equipment grant under the FY2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program in the amount of $64,175, contingent upon award, and appropriate $6,417 from the undesignated fund balance as the Town’s portion of the grant. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Ken Allen asked the Board if they would be returning next year to disburse the funds. Allen Crabtree stated that they would not. The grant is for equipment items that were not budgeted for, but are needed. There being no further discussion, the motion was voted on and the motion carried.
Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to accept full sponsorship of the fireworks display at Sebago Days by appropriating $2,000 from the Town’s undesignated fund balance in addition to the $2,000 requested by Article 9; Town Account 40-02; Sebago Days. (Selectmen so recommend.)
Ruth Douglas made a motion to accept the article as read. It was seconded by George Tinkham. Motion carried
At this time the moderator recognized, Chairperson, Ruth Douglas. Ruth presented a Service Award to George Tinkham for his many years of service to the Town of Sebago as a Selectmen.
Article 19. At this time the Moderator shall administer the oath of office to newly elected Town Officers.
Alan Munroe swore in Allen Crabtree and David McCarthy as Selectmen, Assessors, and Overseers of the Poor, Ken Allen was sworn in as a Budget Committee Member, and Jerry Holt was sworn in as a Sebago Cemetery Committee Member.
Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to adjourn.
Ted Greene made a motion to adjourn at 10: 55 a.m. It was seconded by Ruth Douglas. Ted stated that in view that the articles were condensed and the meeting was short, that perhaps further town meetings could be held in the evening in anticipation of a larger voter turnout. There being no further discussion, the motion carried.
Note: These minutes are not verbatim. A recording of the proceedings is available in the Clerk’s Office.
Respectfully submitted,
Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk