STATE OF MAINE
TOWN OF SEBAGO
TOWN MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 1, 2002
Excerpts from the town meeting minutes
At 9:00 a.m. Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas, called the meeting to order and asked the public to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Present were Selectmen Ruth Douglas, Lisa Hutchins, and George Tinkham; Town Manager, Rosemary Kulow; Budget Committee members Jason Menario, David McCarthy, Kenneth Allen and Allen Crabtree. Approximately 160 townspeople attended. The minutes are as follows:
Article 1. To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
Ruth made a motion to nominate Alan Munroe as moderator to preside at the meeting. It was seconded by George. 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.
Mike Foye made a motion to take Article 60 out of order. It was seconded.
Article 60. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute one of the following options for a new public safety building:
(1) Appropriate $32,500 from the Fire Station reserve account and borrow funds over a twenty-year period in an amount not to exceed $340,000 to finance the construction of a new Fire & Rescue Station;
(2) Borrow funds over a ten-year period in an amount not to exceed $145,000 to finance the construction of a new Rescue Station;
(3) Appropriate $145,000 from the undesignated fund balance to finance the construction of a new Rescue-only Station;
(4) Some other option; or
(5) None of the above.
(Fire/Rescue Facility Committee recommends option #1 -- Fire & Rescue Station to be built on town-owned land located on Shore Road. Annual bond payments on $340,000 at 5.2% interest for 20 years would be approximately $27,380. Selectmen recommend option #3 -- Rescue-only station financed by the undesignated fund balance.)
Ken Allen made a motion to authorize the Board of Selectmen to execute one of the above options as directed by a vote for a new public safety building. It was seconded by Lisa Hutchins. Discussion followed. Chris Barbour informed the public of the committee’s findings and recommendations. She stated that despite prior statements, the Fire and Rescue Departments do not have a problem sharing a building, providing that each department have their own private space. Maurice Davies suggested that option 4 could be adding on to the existing Public Works Garage at a cost of approximately $60,000. Members of the public felt that the current location at the Town Pit is already congested with the ball fields, schools and public works
vehicles for a combination Fire/Rescue. Another option was a donation of land from Arthur Crowe for the Rescue unit. It was decided that this option would be more feasible for a Fire Station, but not for the Rescue. Fire Chief Greene stated that, although the Town will need to plan for a new Fire Station in the future, the Rescue Department needs a station now. Rescue Chief, Helen Twombly, made an amendment to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appropriate $145,000 from the undesignated fund balance to finance the construction of a new Rescue-only Station at the Town Pit in the location of the pine trees, or where the satellite dishes currently are. It was seconded. The amendment carried. The main motion to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appropriate $145,000 from the undesignated fund balance to finance the construction of a new Rescue-only Station at the Town Pit in the location of
the pine trees, or where the satellite dishes currently are, carried.
Article 60 was previously taken out of order.
NEW MONETARY ARTICLES
Article 61. To see if the Town will vote to accept a donation of land from Arthur Crowe for a new Rescue Station and authorize the Board of Selectmen to expend up to $250 to record the necessary legal documents contingent upon the following: (1) receipt of a survey and legal description from the owner; (2) receipt of clear title to the property; and (3) the property’s ability to comply with all federal, state, and local legal requirements for development. (Would add another .0019 mill to the tax rate.)
Ted Greene made a motion to table this article, and thanked Mr. Crowe for his offer. It was seconded. Motion carried.
Note: These minutes are not verbatim. A recording of the proceedings are available in the Clerk’s Office.
Michele A. Bukoveckas