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Annual Town Meeting 06/07/2014
TOWN OF SEBAGO
TOWN WARRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015

To Norman Storey, Resident, in the Town of Sebago, in the County of Cumberland:

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 7th day of June 2014, to act on the following:

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am by Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas.  Present were: Selectmen; Ann Farley, Chris Parker, Edythe Harnden, Jim Libby and Jeff Harriman.  Budget Committee Members included Jerry Holt, and Phil Lowe.  Approximately 49 townspeople were in attendance and 5 non residents attended. Michele asked the public to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Article 1.      To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
        A motion was made by Ann Farley to nominate Allen Crabtree.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Allen Crabtree was elected by written ballot and sworn in by Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas.

Allen Crabtree stated that the Maine Moderator’s Manual would be used to conduct the meeting.  

Allen Crabtree congratulated Tim Mayberry as the newly elected Selectmen and then thanked Jeff Harriman for his 9 years of service.

Article 2.      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:
        

Excise Tax
$230,000
Boat Excise Tax
$11,000
State Revenue Sharing
$59,685
Local Road Assistance
$50,000
Transfer Station Fees
$25,300
Building Permits
$9,000
Plumbing Permits
$5,000
Real Estate Interest
$35,000
Lien Costs
$7,300
General Assistance Reimbursement
$1,100
Agent Fees
$7,000
Time Warner Franchise Fees
$9,000
Tree Growth Reimbursement
$35,000
State Park Sharing
$1,000
Douglas Mountain Parking/Donations
$1,000
Veterans Reimbursement
$1,500
Homestead Exemption
$20,000
Recreation Fees
$1,700
Other Non-tax Revenue
$7,200
Total
$516,785
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.


Article 3.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $533,245 by taxation and other revenues to fund wages, salaries, and stipends and other expenses to fund General Government including:
        

Administration
$303,995
Selectmen
$12,680
Town Manager
$61,670
Clerk/Tax Collector
$85,750
Code Enforcement
$44,305
Health Officer
$720
General Assistance
$15,425
Elections
$1,500
Appeals Board
$250
Planning Board
$400
Service Providers
$6,550
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Motion carried.

Article 4.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $251,899 by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Safety, including:
        

Alarms
$2,400
Animal Control
$4,090
Rescue
$54,790
Daytime Rescue
$55,862
Fire
$122,920
Dispatch
$11,837
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 5.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $116,500 by taxation and other revenues to fund Health and Sanitations, including:
        

Solid Waste
$116,000
Hazardous Waste
$500
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        
        Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby.  Motion carried.






Article 6.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $651,880 by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Works including:
        

Roads
$388,880
Snow Removal
$263,000
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Priscilla Clarke inquired if the town received funds from other sources. Jim Smith stated that the Town does receive approximately $50,000 from Urban Rural Initiative Program.
        
        It was stated that Swamp Road would be the road to be reconstructed in FY15.  Board members stated that a Road Committee exists and prioritizes which roads need to be done.  All Road Committee meetings are open to the public.

        Ted Greene requested that all roads in Town be named and have street signs installed.  He stated it is imperative for EMS and Fire Personnel.

        There being no further discussion, the motion carried.

Article 7.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $56,250 by taxation and other revenues to fund Maintenance, Repairs, and Improvements of Town Properties, including:
        

Street Lights
$6,500
Town Hall
$14,700
Town Office
$13,900
Town Garage
$15,300
Veterans’ Memorial
$600
Sebago Cemetery
$150
Associated Cemeteries
$700
Small Cemeteries
$3,000
Historical Society
$1,400
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Ted Greene stated that there were several street lights in Town that are not functioning and that they should be repaired or removed if no longer required.  He also stated that the new cemetery signs look very nice.  There being no further discussion, the motion carried.










Article 8.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $52,320 by taxation and other revenues to fund Recreation and Community Organizations, including:
        

Sebago Days
$4,000
Recreation Administration
$15,500
Douglas Mountain
$2,050
Town Beach
$3,095
SYAA Baseball
$4,000
Soccer
$800
Basketball
$500
Library
$20,000
Food Pantry
$2,375
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Motion carried.

Article 9.      Shall the Town appropriate $29,870 from undesignated fund balances to fund (Ambulance V 06) of the CIP budget, and shall the Town reduce the CIP levelized funding amount by that amount? (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  It was stated that if this article passes, the following article would be reduced by that amount.  Motion carried.

Article 10.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $336,027 $306,157 by taxation and other revenues, to fund the Capital Investment Program.  If funding is reduced it must be cut from the bottom up. (This account is funded by priority from the top down)


Ambulance
V06
$29,870
Engine 2
V12
$103,654
Plow Truck w/Sander
V14
$34,825
4 x 4 Backhoe
V04
$16,697
Pick Up Truck
V17
$3,279
Forestry 1
V09
$12,061
Plow Truck w/Sander
V01
$23,039
Plow Truck w/Sander
V05
$8,742
Engine 4
V13
$19,482
Engine 3
V07
$8,785
Rescue Boat, Motor, Trailer
V20
$2,570
Plow Truck w/Sander
V03
$11,489
Grader
V18
$2,500
Excavator
V19
$12,466
Roll Off Truck
V16
$2,321
Tank 1
V08
$14,357
Building Maintenance
P23
$19,394
EMS Cardiac Monitor
P24
$4,500
50 Yard Container
P21
$1,189
Town Office Server
P16
$3,725
Radio Repeater
P07
$1,082
(Budget Committee, CIP Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 11.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the transfer of unencumbered surplus balance on June 30, 2014 from the Road Paving Expense Account to the FY15 Road Paving Expense Account? ? (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Jim Smith stated that this would prevent the funds from rolling into the Undesigned Fund Balance and would provide more funding for the paving budget.  There being no further discussion, the motion carried.
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Article 12.     To see if the Town will vote to fund the Branch-Duckers Snowmobile Club with funds received from the State’s snowmobile registrations refund.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.

Article 13.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize winter maintenance (snow and ice control) on the public easement roads, subject to the approval of the Board of Selectmen. (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Motion carried.

Article 14.     To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. § 506, to authorize the tax collector and treasurer to accept the prepayment of taxes not yet committed.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 15.     To see if the Town will vote to establish an interest rate of 7% on delinquent property tax bills and establish property tax due dates on the first Tuesday in November 2014 and on the first Tuesday of May 2015 for two equal payments.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby.  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.)

        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion carried.

Article 17.     To see if the town will vote to authorize the municipal officers to sell or dispose of surplus property with terms and conditions including competitive bid, as they deem advisable. (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Ted Greene felt that this article gave the Board too much freedom.  He feels a committee should be formed to place a cap and set guidelines as to what the Board can do. Ted Greene made a motion to table this article and to bring it back after it has been studied.  The motion to table was seconded.  Motion carried.

Article 18.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, at the direction of the Board of Selectmen, to transfer funds within the approved articles to cover overdrafts at the end of the fiscal year. (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Motion carried.

Article 19.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen for, and on behalf of the Town, to ratify article overdrafts of less than 5%.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 20.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen for and on behalf of the Town to apply funds received from FEMA grants for storm damage to supplement the Public Works annual budget.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby.  Ted Greene asked why just the Public Works Department would receive funds, as other departments such as Fire and EMS respond during disasters as well.  Ted Greene made a motion to amend the article to include Fire and EMS.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  The amendment carried.  The main motion now reads “To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen for and on behalf of the Town to apply funds received from FEMA grants for storm damage to supplement the Public Works, Fire and EMS annual budgets”, passed.

Article 21.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for and accept State and Federal grants and grants from non-profit organizations, donations or other revenues, on behalf of the Town for municipal purposes, including when necessary, the authority to sign grant contracts, documents and or other paperwork and accept the conditions that accompany grant funds, and to appropriate and expend grant funds and or other funds for authorized purposes as the Board of Selectmen deem in the best interest of the Town during the fiscal year 2014-2015.  (Selectmen so recommend.)

        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion carried.

Article 22.     Shall an ordinance entitled “2014 Amendments to the Town of Sebago Land Use Ordinance” be enacted? (Selectmen and Planning Board so recommend.) Proposed amendments are attached.  

        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  A motion was made and seconded to allow Code Enforcement Officer Brandon Woolley to speak.  Brandon explained that the changes proposed included language that campers are not be used as a principal dwelling (more than 180 days)  He stated that this was a safety issue to insure that heating devices were safe and waste disposal was properly taken care of.  The use of campers would require an occupancy permit if it is to be used greater than 2 weeks. The second change in the ordinance requires the subdivider or agent to record the plan at the registry of deeds within 90 days.  The motion carried.

Article 23.     Shall an ordinance entitled “2014 Amendments to the Town of Sebago Shoreland Zoning Ordinance required to comply with 2013 Shoreland Zoning statutory changes” be enacted?~ (Selectmen and Planning Board so recommend.)  An attested copy of the amendments is available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

        Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Brandon Woolley stated that these changes were to bring the Town’s ordinance into compliance with the State’s mimimum standards.  Primarily, changes to definitions, point value to trees along the shoreline, setbacks and regulations concerning the original footprint when expanding.  The motion carried.


Article 24.     At this time the Moderator shall administer the oath of office to newly elected Town Officers.

Allen Crabtree asked the Town Clerk to administer the oaths.

Selectmen, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor                       Ann Farley
Selectmen, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor                       Tim Mayberry
Budget Committee                                                        Phil Lowe
Sebago Cemetery Committee                                       Susan Gassett

The following were not present to be sworn in.  They will be sworn in the future, prior to assuming their duties.

Budget Committee                                                        Kurt Christensen
Dr. Joseph Potter Fitch Trust                                   Molly Hook

Ted Greene made a motion to adjourn at 10:50 am.  It was seconded, and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
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Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk