Town Meeting Warrant
Town of Lamoine State of Maine

Hancock, ss.

To: Stuart Marckoon, Deputy Clerk, Town of Lamoine, Maine

Greetings:

In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Lamoine, in said county, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at the Lamoine Town Office in said town on Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 9:55 AM then and there to act on articles 1 through 2, and to warn and notify the voters to meet at the Lamoine Consolidated School Gymnasium in said town on Wednesday, the 3rd day of March 2004 at six o’clock in the evening (6:00 PM) then and there to act on articles 3 through 37, all of said articles being set out below, to wit:

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

2. To elect the following Town Officers by secret ballot:

A. Selectman & Overseer of the Poor (1 position, term to end town meeting 2007)
B. School Committee Members (2 positions, to end town meeting 2007.)
C. Assessor (1 position, term to begin July 1, 2004 and end June 30, 2007)

Open Town Meeting – Wednesday, March 3, 2004 6:00 PM

3. To see if the Town will vote to set October 31, 2004 as the date when all personal property and real estate taxes for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005 are due and payable, and to see if the town will vote to fix a rate of interest of 6.50% to be charged on taxes unpaid after November 1, 2004 and to see if the town will vote to fix the rate of interest for tax overpayment at 2.50% annually.

4. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to sell and/or dispose of any property acquired by tax liens after first offering the property to the previous owners for payment of all back taxes, fees and interest, and if they decline, advertising for sealed bids on same, and stating the lowest bid acceptable, and to allow the Selectmen to authorize the Treasurer to waive automatic lien foreclosures when it is in the best interest of the town.

5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to sell and/or dispose of any property or fixtures deemed to be surplus and unusable to the Town and worth less than $1,000 fair market value, under such terms and conditions as they deem advisable.

6. To see if the town will vote to appropriate all funds from the money received from the State of Maine for registration of snowmobiles to the Frenchman Bay Riders Snowmobile Club for the purpose of maintaining their snowmobile trails, to be open for the use of the public at all times, and to authorize the municipal officers to enter into an agreement with the Club, under such terms and conditions as the municipal officers may deem advisable, for that purpose.

7. To see if the town will vote to authorize the tax collector or treasurer to accept pre-payments of 2004/2005 taxes not yet committed pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. § 506.

8. To see if the town will vote to authorize expenditures to pay tax abatements and applicable interest granted during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004.

9. Shall an ordinance entitled March 2004 Amendments to the Town of Lamoine Building & Land Use Ordinance be enacted? (A copy of this ordinance is available for review at the Lamoine Town Clerk’s Office)

10. Shall the town authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend charitable donations made for the purpose of carrying out research, beautification and other projects of the Lamoine Conservation Commission?

11. Shall the town accept a donation of land from Julia Soja, tax map 14 Lot 59?

Lamoine Education Articles

12. To see what sum the Town will authorize the School Committee to expend for school department personnel costs. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $847,203.11).

13. To see what sum the Town will authorize the School Committee to expend for school department operating costs. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $1,244,632.18).

14. To see what sum the Town will authorize the School Committee to expend for school department capital improvement costs. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $7,765.00).

The figures contained in Articles 15 through 17 are estimates that may be amended at Town Meeting. These articles were prepared for publication prior to legislative action on funding for education.

15. To see what sum the Town will appropriate from the foundation allocation for school purposes and to see what sum the Town will raise as the local share of the foundation allocation. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend a total of $1,521,438.10 with a local share of $1,085,525.66 and state subsidy of $435,912.44)

16. To see what sum the Town will appropriate from the debt service allocation for school purposes and to see what sum the Town will raise as the local share of debt service allocation. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend a total of $34,010.34 with a local share of $29,106.18 and state subsidy of $4,904.16).

17. To see what sum the Town will raise in additional local funds under the provision of MRSA 20A § 15614 (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $389,414.33).

18. To see if the Town will authorize the Board of Assessors to reduce the real estate and personal property tax commitment by an amount not to exceed any additional amount the town may receive from the foundation allocation or debt service allocation once the Maine Legislature has established those amounts. (The Budget Committee recommends a vote in favor)

19. Total Budget – (This is a summary article: The amount recommended should be the gross budget of the school system. This article does not provide money unless the other articles are approved.) To see what sum the Town will authorize the School Committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004 and ending June 30, 2005 from the foundation allocation, debt service allocation, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, local appropriations, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $2,099,600.29)

Non Education Articles

20. To see what sum the Municipality will raise and appropriate to add to the fund used to maintain the portable, temporary classrooms leased to the Lamoine School Department for educational purposes. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $1,000.)

21. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for Administration and to set the salaries of the following elected officers whose salaries will be paid from the Administration Account of the General Fund, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to establish the rate of compensation for appointed officials.

Position
Recommended Salary
Selectman (Chair)
$1,600.00
Selectman (non-chair, 2 positions)
$1,000.00
Assessor (Chair)
$1,250.00
Assessor (non-chair, 2 positions)
$950.00

(The Budget Committee and Selectmen recommend $128,394.66 with the salary recommendations listed above.)

22. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for Code Enforcement, and to authorize expenditure of the state share of local plumbing fees to the Maine Department of Human Services. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $12,305.00.)

23. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Planning and Appeals Boards. (The Planning Board, Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $1,150.00.)

24. To see what sum the Town of Lamoine will vote to raise and appropriate for the support of social service organizations listed below, which made written requests for funding from the Selectmen, and met the criteria of the Town Meeting Donation Requests Ordinance adopted November 7, 2000.

Requesting Agency
Requested
Budget Cmte
Selectmen
Community Health & Counseling
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Downeast Horizons
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Wash./Hancock Cmty Agency
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Hancock County Home Care
$579.00
$579.00
$567.06
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
WIC Clinic
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
$250.00
$250.00
$244.84
American Red Cross - E. Maine
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Maine Coast Memorial Hospital
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Child and Family Opportunities
$600.00
$600.00
$587.62
Total
$5,629.00
$5,512.86

(The Budget Committee recommends $5,629.00 as outlined above, however the donation requests ordinance requires the Board of Selectmen to recommend no more than 5% of one mill, which is the total $5,512.86)

25. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for Parks & Recreation. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $5,000.00).

26. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for library services. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $3,500.00).

27. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to explore formation of a Volunteer Security Patrol, and if the Board finds it feasible to return to a special town meeting prior to December 31, 2004 to gain approval of sponsoring and funding said patrol.

28. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for Public Safety Expenditures. (The Budget Committee recommends $41,588.89).

29. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate $200,000 to purchase a new fire rescue pumper truck, using $25,000 from the Fire Truck Reserve Fund, $50,000 donated from the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department, and to authorize the Selectmen to borrow up to $125,000 over 5 years for the remainder, and authorize the Fire Department to sell a 1975 American LaFrance pumper truck with proceeds to reimburse the fire truck reserve fund. (The Budget Committee recommends that the town approve the fire truck purchase as proposed).


MUNICIPAL TREASURER’S FINANCIAL STATEMENT
[30-A MRSA § 5404(1-A) & 5772(2-A)]

Town of Lamoine

1. Total town Indebtedness.

a. Bonds Outstanding and unpaid: $ 0.00
b. Bonds authorized and un-issued: $ 0.00
c. Bonds to be issued if this question is approved: $125,000.00
Total $125,000.00

2. At an estimated maximum interest rate of 4.0%, the estimated costs of this bond issue will be:
Five (5) Years (2004-2008)
Principal: $125,000.00
Interest: $ 13,114.18
Total Debt Service: $138,114.18

3. Validity. The validity of the bonds and of the voters’ ratification of the bonds may not be affected by any errors in the above estimates. If the actual amount of the total debt service or the bond issue varies from the estimate, the ratification by the electors is nevertheless conclusive and the validity of the bond issue is not affected by reason of the variance.

30. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate to pay debt service for the purchase of the fire truck in article 29. (The Budget Committee recommends $25,320.90)

31. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for Road Maintenance. (The Budget Committee makes no recommendation at the time of the warrant signing, pending disposition of the snow plowing contract. A recommendation is likely on the floor of the town meeting.)

32. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for major road projects including re-pavement of a portion of Mill Road and a portion of Walker Road. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $42,000.00.)

33. To see what sum the Town will vote to raise and appropriate for waste disposal including operation of the Lamoine Transfer Station, shipment to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company, recycling contractor, monitoring of wells around the former landfill, and to authorize the Selectmen to continue the contract of disposal of septic sludge. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend $79,930.00)

34. To see what sum the Town will vote to carry forward funds raised at the March 2003 Town Meeting, $18,000.00 for performance of a Factored Revaluation. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend passage.)

35. To see which revenues the Town will vote to appropriate for inclusion in the non-education portion of the budget to offset local property taxes.

Revenue
Amount
Fund Total
General Fund
Automobile Excise Taxes
$250,000.00
Agent Fees
$5,000.00
Interest on Real Estate Taxes
$7,500.00
Interest on Investment
$17,500.00
Use of Surplus
$75,000.00
Watercraft Excise Taxes
$3,250.00
Tax Lien Charges
$1,800.00
Administration Fees
$950.00
General Assistance Reimbursement
$1,000.00
Portable Classroom Rental
$28,416.00
$390,416.00
Road Fund
Local Road Assistance
$25,096.00
Use of Road Fund
$2,000.00
Code Enforcement Fund
Local Plumbing Fees
$2,500.00
Code Enforcement Fund Transfer
$6,000.00
Code Enforcement Fees
$6,500.00
$15,000.00
Animal Control Fund
Local Animal Control Fees
$700.00
Dump Closing Fund
Dump Closing Fund
$750.00
Revaluation Reserve Fund
Revaluation Reserve Fund
$18,000.00
Total Offsets to Local Property Tax
$451,962.00

*Municipal Revenue Sharing will also reduce the tax commitment and is not included in the above figure. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend the revenue figures listed above.)

36. To see if the Town will vote to establish and/or continue the following funds:

Fund Balance Account
Balance as of 12/31/03
Code Enforcement Fund
$27,962.88
Dump Closing Fund
$6,894.35
Fire Truck Reserve Fund
$26,105.68
Salt/Sand Shed Reserve Fund
$51,971.50
Road Assistance Fund
$4,260.45
Education Capital Fund
$2,413.74
Animal Control Fund
$788.25
Revaluation Reserve Fund
$29,413.86
Insurance Deductible Fund
$4,101.38
Harbor Fund
$4,042.00
Portable Classroom Maintenance Fund
$3,598.59
Cable TV Channel Fund
$4,221.68

(The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend continuing the above funds)

37. To see if the Town will authorize expenditure of funds from the Harbor Fund for improvements at the Harbor area as suggested to and approved by the Board of Selectmen, and to authorize the Selectmen to set the compensation of the Harbor Master and Deputy Harbor Master to be paid from the Harbor Fund. (The Selectmen recommend approval as written).

Voting on articles 3 through 37 will take place in open town meeting at the Lamoine Consolidated School beginning at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 3, 2004. The Registrar of Voters will hold office hours while the polls are open on March 2, 2004 to correct any error in, or change a name or address on the voting list, to accept registration of any person eligible to vote, and to accept new enrollments. A person who is not registered as a voter in the Town of Lamoine may not vote in any election.

Signed at the Town of Lamoine February 5, 2004

/s/ Thomas L. Spruce
/s/ S. Josephine Cooper, Chair

The Lamoine Board of Selectmen,
Municipal Officers of the Town of Lamoine