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2011/06/04 Town Meeting excerpt


The meeting was called to order by Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas at 9:00am.  Michele asked the public to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present were Town Manager; James M. Smith III, Selectmen; Ann Farley, Allen Crabtree, Jeff Harriman, Edythe Harnden, Dana Batchelder, Budget Committee Members; Don Olden Sr., Jim Libby, Jerry Holt, and Joseph McMahon.  Approximately 70 registered voters, and 5 non residents attended.

To Tim Mayberry, 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 4th day of June 2011, to act on the following:

Article 1.      To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.
Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas asked for nominations.  Ann Farley nominated Neal Allen.  It was seconded by Allen Crabtree.  There being no other nominations, a written vote was taken, and Neal Allen was sworn in as Moderator.


Article 10.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer up to $268,674 from the Capital Investment Program, that amount for the acquisition and site development of a parcel of land to be used for a future Town Building to be located in the Shaw Brother’s Pit on Route 114.  The funds to be transferred are: 
                        

C.I.P. Item
C.I.P. Number
Amount
Engine II
V12
$165,674
Tank II
V11
Up to $53,000
Land Acquisition
LD1
$50,000

Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Allen Crabtree.  Jim Libby explained that if Article 9 is not voted on prior to Article 10, then the funds will not be in the Land Acquisition account to be used as stated in Article 10. Ted Greene made a motion to take the articles in the original order.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Alan Munroe stated that Article 10 would determine whether or not the funds would be needed.  Debate continued back and forth regarding which article should be first, with each side giving pros and cons in their defense.  The motion to take Article 9 first, (original order) was voted on and passed.

Article 9.      To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $192,724 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
$6,235
Small Plow w/Sander
V05
$6,159
Ambulance
V06
$11,506
Large Plow w/Sander
V14
$22,825
Forestry 1
V09
$10,228
4 X 4 Backhoe
V04
$12,151
Large Plow w/Sander
V01
$20,522
Engine 4
V13
$17,761
Roll Off Truck
V16
$6,597
Engine 3
V07
$8,131
Large Plow w/Sander
V03
$10,622
Tank 1
V08
$19,171
Transfer Station Enhancements
P11
$7,506
Land Acquisition Fund
L01
$14,271
Town Parking Paving
P05
$3,383
Compactor Reserve
P19
$4,897
Town Office Server
P16
$2,631
Radio Repeater
P07
$726
Public Safety Building
P09
$4,973
Rte. 114 Road Drainage Design
P20
$2,429
(Budget Committee, CIP Committee and Selectmen so recommend.)

Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as read.  It was seconded by Allen Crabtree.  A resident inquired what Forestry 1 was.  Fire Chief, Kenneth Littlefield stated that it allowed the department to fight wood fires.  Questions were also raised regarding the Land Acquisition Fund and whether or not it was suppose to be for the purchase of recreational land.  Allen Crabtree stated that he had researched the creation of the Land Acquisition Account and it did not specify that the land being purchased had to be used for recreation.  The account was set up to purchase land.  Ted Greene reminded the public, that last year, questions were raised regarding the legality of reducing funding from the bottom up.  Maine Municipals stance on this item is this is a list and that amounts can be moved from one item to another by the Board.

Jim Smith explained that an agreement with the Town of Standish had been signed which stated that they would place one of their fire trucks in a new building and maintain it for mutual aide in both towns.  This eliminates the need for funding Engine II.  Jim further stated that instead of purchasing a new tank truck, a new chassis could be purchased, and place the old tank on it, eliminating the funding for Tank II.  

There being no further discussion, the motion carried.

Article 10.     To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to transfer up to $268,674 from the Capital Investment Program, that amount for the acquisition and site development of a parcel of land to be used for a future Town Building to be located in the Shaw Brother’s Pit on Route 114.  The funds to be transferred are: 
                        

C.I.P. Item
C.I.P. Number
Amount
Engine II
V12
$165,674
Tank II
V11
Up to $53,000
Land Acquisition
LD1
$50,000

Ann Farley made a motion to approve the article as written.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  An excerpt from the June 2005 Annual Town Meeting was read where the townspeople voted to have the Board of Selectmen proceed on a Fire/Rescue building and report back. Several questions were asked, such as: “how will this benefit Sebago?”, “can we cut costs?”, and “can this be done in stages?”  Responses were as follows:
·       Would allow vehicles to fit comfortably in the stations
·       Combining Station 2 & 3.  Station 2 would revert back to the heirs unless it is being used for fire use per the deed, and Station 3 could be used for cold storage.  This could be a cost savings in building maintenance in the future.
·       Insurance rates for residents would drop, as they would be closer to a fire station
·       Per the agreement with Standish, they would pay a percentage of the building costs.

Jim Smith further explained that the land would be purchased from Shaw Brothers and that they (Shaw Bros) would be willing to fund a 15 year bond at roughly 3.5%.  It was also stated that time is of the essence as this offer will expire in a few years.  

There was discussion as to whether or not Rescue needed to be in this building as they recently acquired a new building.  Rescue Chief, Tim Smith stated that although this is true, the Town needs to look to the future when more coverage will be needed.   He stated the Town would be wise to include Rescue in the plans as costs to build are low.  

The general consensus was, this is a good time to build as interest rates and building costs are low.  Allen Crabtree stated that if this article passes, then the next step would be to have several public hearings with input from citizens to come up with a design, secure rates, and obtain building bids, then have a Special Town Meeting or bring the information back at the next Annual Town Meeting to obtain approval to begin construction.

There being no future discussion, motion carried.