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Town Meeting 06/06/2015
TOWN OF SEBAGO
TOWN WARRANT
FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016


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 6th day of June 2015, to act on the following:

The meeting was called to order by Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas at 9:00 am. Approximately 36 people attended.

Present were Selectmen: Ann Farley, Edythe Harnden, Chris Parker, Jim Libby, Tim Mayberry, Town Manager, Jim Smith, Budget Committee Members; Allen Crabtree, Phil Lowe, Jerry Holt, Kurt Christensen, Recorder and Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas.

Article 1.      To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
                Ann Farley made a motion to nominate Neal Allen as Moderator.  It was                           seconded by Edythe Harnden. There were no other nominations, secret ballots                     were cast and Neal was sworn in as Moderator.
Neal asked the public to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Neal informed the public that the Maine Moderators Manual would be used to conduct the meeting.  He also asked the public to be recognized before speaking, non residents needed consent to speak and asked that we all respect each other.


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
$245,000
Boat Excise Tax
$11,500
Local Road Assistance
$45,000
State Revenue Sharing
$56,710
Homestead Exemption
$26,000
Transfer Station Fees (Scrap Metal/Universal Waste)
$18,800
Building Permits
$14,000
Plumbing Permits
$5,500
Real Estate Interest
$35,000 
Lien Costs
$7,500
General Assistance Reimbursement
$1,000
Agent Fees
$7,500
Time Warner Franchise Fees
$10,000
Tree Growth Reimbursement
$35,000
State Park Sharing
$1,000
Douglas Mountain Parking/Donations
$3,000
Veterans Reimbursement
$1,000
Recreation Fees
$1,400
Other Non-tax Revenue
$5,230
Total
$530,140
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        Ann Farley made a motion to move 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 by taxation and other revenues $537,255 to fund wages, salaries, and stipends and other expenses to fund General Government including:
        

Administration
$303,780
Selectmen
$13,930
Town Manager
$60,750
Clerk/Tax Collector
$88,650
Code Enforcement
$46,600
Health Officer
$720
General Assistance
$13,175
Elections
$1,500
Appeals Board
$250
Planning Board
$250
Service Providers
$7,650
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend)
        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 4.      Shall the Town appropriate $7,500 from the undesignated fund balance for Fire, Safety Equipment and shall the Town reduce the operating budget expenditure (Fire) by those amounts?  (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        Neal explained that if this article is approved, the following article would be reduced by that amount.  Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby. Susan Gassett asked what is the purpose of using the undesignated fund balance . The response was, that using the undesignated fund balance does not affect or raise taxes.  There being no further discussion, motion carried.

Article 5.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $276,247 $268,747by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Safety, including:
        

Alarms
$2,500
Animal Control
$3,750
Rescue
$60,270
Daytime Rescue
$70,962
Fire
$129,665 $122,165
Dispatch
$9,100
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
                Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as amended by Article 4.  It was                         seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.
        
Article 6.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $124,780 by taxation and other revenues to fund Health and Sanitations, including:
        

Solid Waste
$118,280
Hazardous Waste
$6,500
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        Tim Mayberry made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion carried.

Article 7.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $635,120 by taxation and other revenues to fund Public Works including:
        

Roads
$343,120
Snow Removal
$292,000
        (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 since the Town rebuilt Robinson Hill Rd, an abutter has lost access to his property. Ted Greene was asked to bring this issue to the Selectmen at the first meeting in July.  Ted Greene also stated that there needs to be better signage throughout town (street signs and town line signs).  There being no further discussion, motion carried.

Article 8.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $50,550 by taxation and other revenues to fund Maintenance, Repairs, and Improvements of Town Properties, including:
        

Street Lights
$6,500
Town Hall
$15,350
Town Office
$12,900
Town Garage
$11,300
Veterans’ Memorial
$600
Sebago Cemetery
$150
Associated Cemeteries
$900
Small Cemeteries
$1,000
Historical Society
$1,850
        (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker  It was asked why the different amounts for the cemeteries.  The public was informed that there are 3 Associated Cemeteries and that the Town provides flags for the Veterans.  It was further explained that there are 42 Small Cemeteries, and that these funds were for repairs to the cemeteries.  There being no further discussion, motion carried.

Article 9.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $54,375 by taxation and other revenues to fund Recreation and Community Organizations, including:
        

Sebago Days
$5,400
Recreation Administration
$17,055
Douglas Mountain
$1,750
Town Beach
$4,045
Soccer
$1,000
Basketball
$750
Library
$22,000
Food Pantry
$2,375
        (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 10.     Shall the Town appropriate $5,000 from undesignated fund balances to fund upgrades to the heating system at Station 2 (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.
        

Article 11.     To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $213,301 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)


Pick Up Truck
V17
$1,797
Forestry 1
V09
$8,968
Tank 2
V11
$22,848
Plow Truck w/Sander (Wheeler)
V01
$19,104
Plow Truck w/Sander
V05
$7,245
Engine 4
V13
$31,049
Engine 3
V07
$15,608
Rescue Boat, Motor, Trailer
V20
$2,301
Plow Truck w/Sander (6 Wheeler)
V03
$10,311
Grader
V18
$2,268
Excavator
V19
$12,456
Roll Off Truck
V16
$2,132
Tank 1
V08
$13,539
Road Materials and Maintenance
P22
$14,989
EMS Cardiac Monitor
P24
$5,000
Building Maintenance
P23
$15,365
Emergency Generators
P25
$3,000
Town Office Server
P16
$3,060
Radio Repeater
P07
$1,079
50 Yard Container
P21
$1,182
Engine 2
V12
$10,000
Ambulance
V06
$10,000
(Budget Committee, CIP Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
                Tim Mayberry made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by                  Ann Farley.  Motion carried.

Article 12.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the transfer of unencumbered surplus balance on June 30, 2015 from the Road Paving Expense Account to the FY16 Road Paving Expense Account? (Budget Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)
~~~~~~~~~               Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by                    Edythe Harnden.  It was stated that this amount is currently, $169,454.82 but this              amount could    change between now and June 30th.  There being no further                       discussion, motion carried.

Article 13.     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.)
        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.



Article 14.     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.)
                Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by                  Jim Libby.  Motion carried.

Article 15.     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.)
        Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.


Article 16.     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 2015 and on the first Tuesday of May 2016 for two equal payments.  (Selectmen so recommend.)
                Tim Mayberry 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 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.)
        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.

Article 18.     To see if the town will vote to authorize the municipal officers to sell or dispose of surplus town-owned personal property (something that remains above what is used or needed), including vehicles and equipment, under such terms and conditions as they deem advisable.~ Town owned land would only be disposed of with voter approval at an Annual or Special Town Meeting.  (Selectmen so recommend.)
                Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded                   by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

Article 19.     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.)
        Chris Parker made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby.  Motion carried.

Article 20.     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.)
                Jim Libby made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Tim                         Mayberry.  Motion carried.

Article 21.     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.  (Selectmen so recommend.)
        Tim Mayberry made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Ann Farley. Town Manager Jim Smith stated that the Town would be receiving $14,610.84 from the February blizzard. There being no discussion, motion carried.





Article 22.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for and accept State and Federal grants,  grants from non-profit organizations, donations, real estate, and certain funds, including trust funds 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 2015-2016.~ (Selectmen so recommend.)
        Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.


Article 23.     To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to enter into boundary line agreements with abutting property owners to establish the boundary line of any property of the Town, including the boundary lines of the rights-of-way of roads.  (Selectmen so recommend.)
        Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Jim Libby.  There was a lot of discussion regarding the boundaries between Town lines (Naples and Sebago).  It was stated that the perambulation had not been done in a long time and that this is something that should be done in the near future.  It was suggested that the town budget for this process in the near future, perhaps even share the cost with abutting towns.  Jim Smith stated that the initial purpose of this article was to grant permission to the Board to sign easements with property owners that abut the Folly Road Bridge.  There being no further discussion, motion carried.

Article 24.     To see if the Town will vote to accept Linda Lane as a public way.
        Kurt Christensen made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Chris Parker. Susan Gassett asked what is the difference between a Public Easement and a Public way.  It was stated that a public easement allows the public to travel on the road and providing that the road is up to standards; and the land owners have signed off, the town will perform winter maintenance.  A public way is a road that is built to town standards that the town approves. There were a few concerns regarding the road, such as, some trees and shrubs that needed to be removed, and it was stated that the road is already 7 years old.  There being no further discussion, motion carried.

Article 25.     To see if the Town will vote to change the name of the Veteran’s Memorial Park to the Harold Butler Veteran’s Memorial Park.   
        Ted Greene made a motion to officially change the name of the park to the Sebago Veterans’ Memorial Park. It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Ted stated that the park had never been officially named and that the park should be named for all veterans, not just one.  There being no further discussion, motion carried.


Article 26.     At this time the Moderator shall administer the oath of office to newly elected Town Officers.
        At this time Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas administered the oath as follows:

        Edythe Harnden  Selectmen, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor       June 2018
        Gerry Holt              Budget Committee                                June 2018
        Benson Bowditch School Board Member                             June 2018
        Ann Farley              Sebago Cemetery Member                  June 2020

        The following were not present and take the oath at a later date:

        Steven Girardin         Budget Committee                                June 2018
        David Heath             Dr. Joseph Potter Fitch Trustee                 June 2022



        Ted Greene made a motion to adjourn at 10:40 am.  It was seconded by Susan Gassett.  Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

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Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk