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Minutes of the Lamoine Town Meeting

June 28, 2005

Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs called the meeting to order at 9:55 AM.

1.  To choose a Moderator to preside over said meeting.

Stuart Marckoon was nominated and 2 nd . There were no other nominations. A secret ballot cast 6 votes in favor of Mr. Marckoon, with none in opposition. Mr. Marckoon took oath of Moderator given by Jennifer Kovacs.

Mr. Marckoon appointed Jennifer Kovacs as deputy moderator for the special town meeting. Ms. Jennifer Kovacs took the oath of office.

Mr. Marckoon declared the polls open to vote on the following articles beginning at 10:00 AM.

To vote by secret ballot referendum on the following question: Shall the town reconsider the following budget votes approved on March 9, 2005, and amend them as recommended by the Budget Committee:

Article 23 (Administration Budget). The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $131,196.76 and changing the salaries to the Selectmen to $100 each for all Selectmen. This represents a cut of $8,150 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 Town Meeting in the administration budget as follows:

• i. Selectmen Pay, $5,100

• ii. Travel/Education, $600

• iii. Office Supplies, $500

• iv. Miscellaneous, $300

• v. Tax Bills, $100

• vi. Legal Fees, $550

• vii. Addition to Insurance Deductible Fund $1,000

Article 26 (Social Service Agency Budget). The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $12 as outlined below:

Requesting Agency

Approved

New Budget Committee Recommendation

Community Health & Counseling

$600.00

$1.00

Yesterday's Children

$200.00

$1.00

Washington/Hancock Community Agy.

0.00

$0.00

Lamoine Historical Society

$600.00

$1.00

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

$600.00

$1.00

WIC Clinic

$600.00

$1.00

Eastern Area Agency on Aging

$250.00

$1.00

American Red Cross – E. Maine

$600.00

$1.00

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

$600.00

$1.00

Child & Family Opportunities

$0.00

$0.00

Downeast AIDS Network

$600.00

$1.00

Faith In Action-Community Connection

$600.00

$1.00

Hospice of Hancock County

$150.00

$1.00

Open Door Recovery Center

$600.00

$1.00

Total

$6,000.00

$12.00

This represents a cut of $5,988 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 Town Meeting.

Article 28 (Ellsworth Library Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $2,500. This represents a cut of $4,000 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 Town Meeting

Article 29 (Public Safety Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $33,252.7. This represents a cut of $11,470.00 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 Town Meeting as follows:

• i. Fire Department – Pagers reduced by $500.00

• ii. Fire Department – Radio reduced by $1,000.00

• iii. Fire Department – Non Specific, reduce entire budget by $1,000.00

• iv. Ambulance Contract – Reduced by $8,970.00

Article 31 (Road Maintenance Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $113,725.00. This represents a cut of $14,600 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 town meeting as follows:

• i. Crack Sealing – reduced by $6,000.00

• ii. Shore Road Maintenance – reduced by $2,500.00

• iii. Non Specific Maintenance – reduced by $1,000.00

• iv. Salt/Sand Shed Reserve Addition – reduced by $5,000.00

Article 33 (Solid Waste Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $94,998. This represents a cut of $3,500 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 town meeting in the PERC budget amount.

Article 27 (Parks & Recreation Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to raise and appropriate to $4,604.00. This represents a cut of $1,146.00 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 town meeting as follows:

• i. YMCA Allocation – reduced by $500.00

• ii. Lamoine Beach – reduced by $646.00

Article 35 (Revenues Budget) – The Budget Committee recommends reconsideration of this vote, changing the amount to offset local property taxes to $443,702. This represents an increase by $9,000 from the amount approved at the March 9, 2005 town meeting in revenues used to offset property taxes as follows:

• i. $2,000 – investment interest revenues

• ii. $7,000 – Code Enforcement revenues

(The Selectmen recommend a yes vote)

2. To vote by secret ballot referendum on the following question “Shall the Town vote to appropriate an additional $6,000 for major road projects (paving Shore Road ) from the Local Road Fund for the FY 2005/06 Budget.”

(The Selectmen recommend a yes vote)

Mr. Marckoon declared the polls closed at 8:00 PM. Following a count by the ballot clerks, Mr. Marckoon declared Question 1 passed on a vote of 217 yes and 160 no. Question 2 passed on a vote of 194 yes and 180 no. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM on June 28, 2005.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jennifer M. Kovacs, Town Clerk