2008 Town Report Table of Contents

 

Lamoine Town Officials as of December 31, 2008  1

Important Town Information.. 4

Board of Selectmen’s Report for 2008  6

Board of Assessors Report 8

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Report 9

Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department Report 10

Planning Board Report 11

Board of Appeals Report 13

Cable TV Committee Report 13

Code Enforcement Officer’s Report 14

Lamoine Parks Commission Report 15

Road Commissioner’s Report 16

Solid Waste Report 17

Conservation Commission Report 18

Veterans’ Memorial Committee Report 19

Administrative Assistant’s Report 21

Tax Collector’s Report – 2008/09 Property Tax  23

2007/08 Property Tax. 23

Treasurer’s Report 24

Annual Audit – Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008  51

Letter from US Senator Susan Collins  72

Letter from US Representative Michael Michaud  73

Letter from State Senator Dennis Damon   74

Letter from State Representative Rob Eaton   75

Report from Superintendent of Schools  76

Proposed Budget FY 2010. 77

Annual Town Meeting Warrant 92

Specimen Town Meeting Ballot 98

 

 

Town of Lamoine, Maine

Text Box: Town Report
2008

 


 

On the Cover:

The Lamoine Veterans Memorial, Dedicated September 13, 2008

(Photo by Stu Marckoon)

 

Town of Lamoine

Annual Report for 2008

 

=      Reports of the Municipal Officers – Calendar Year 2008

=      Board, Committees, & Department Reports

=      Fiscal Year Report – July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008

=      Fiscal Activities July 1, 2008 to December 31, 2009

=      Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2010

Town Meeting Warrant & Ballot for April 7 & 8, 2009

 

 

Historic Notes in this town report are courtesy of the Lamoine Historical Society.

In the days before photocopiers and computers, people kept “commonplace books” where they wrote down poetry, witty sayings and other things they wanted to remember.  There are several such books in the Historical Society archives.  The excerpts in this year’s Town Report are from a notebook assembled by Mildred Ford (later Estey) when she was a student in Grade 6 of the Marlboro School in 1915-16.

 

 


 

 

 

 

2008 Town Report Dedication

 

Francis J. “Frank” Murray

(September 24, 1932 – April 30, 2008)

 

Frank Murray was a public servant for pretty much his adult life.  A native of Boston who lived in Narragansett Rhode Island and Lowell Massachusetts, Frank moved to Lamoine in 1998.  He served on the Lamoine School Committee, was an active member of the Fire Department, and was instrumental on the Cable TV Committee.  Frank’s service went beyond the town.  A retired Administrator of Juvenile Probation in Rhode Island, he also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, the Marine Corps League, The American Legion, and the Korean War Veterans.  He was a corpsman with the Marines during the Korean War.  He was frequently part of the color guard for the American Legion at funerals and special events around Hancock County.  Frank leaves behind his wife Sheila, and step-daughter Shelagh Pappas and her husband Nick and their children in Lamoine and many good friends throughout the town. 

 

Eleanor Norris

(April 5, 1921 – September 3, 2008)

 

Eleanor Norris educated a couple of generations of Lamoine students in music.  Originally from Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts, Eleanor was a graduate of the New England Music Conservatory of Rhode Island.   She also taught in the Ellsworth school system, played the organ for the Union Congregational Church in Ellsworth Falls and the Family Bible Church in Ellsworth.  Eleanor was an active member of the Lamoine Grange and with the Historical Society.  She leaves behind four sons, two of whom still reside in Lamoine.  The family homestead borders Marlboro Beach, and the land that surrounds the small landing at the beach is still owned by the Norris family.  All who knew Eleanor remember her as a very gentle woman, with a twinkle in her eye, and an air of grace that was endearing to all who met her. 

 

True worth is being not seeming

In doing each day that goes by

Some little good; not in the dreaming

Of great things to do by and by.

 

 
 


 

 



Lamoine Town Officials as of December 31, 2008

SELECTMEN & OVERSEERS OF THE POOR (Elected)

Name

Mailing Address

Home Phone

Term Expires

Kermit Theall*

17 Cove Rd

667-7323

Town Meeting 2010

S. Josephine Cooper, Chair

13 Thaddeus Lane

667-7062

Town Meeting 2009

Cynthia Donaldson

9 Martin’s Cove Lane

667-2382

Town Meeting 2011

Richard Fennelly, Jr.

274 Jordan River Rd.

667-7421

Town Meeting 2010

Brett Jones

355 Seal Point Rd.

667-0022

Town Meeting 2009

*Elected 12/9/08 replacing Chris Tadema-Wielandt who resigned October, 2008

TOWN CLERK, TAX COLLECTOR, REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

Jennifer Kovacs

20 Deane St., Ellsworth

667-2242

June 30, 2009

Asst: Diane Carter

97 Partridge Cove Rd

667-2242

June 30, 2009

Deputy: Stu Marckoon

11 Rabbit Run

667-2242

June 30, 2009

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, TREASURER, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, GENERAL ASSISTANCE ADMINISTRATOR, ADDRESSING COORDINATOR, DEPUTY FIRE WARDEN

Stu Marckoon

11 Rabbit Run

667-9578

June 30, 2009

ROAD COMMISSIONER

Dennis Ford

71 Orlin Lane

667-9987

June 30, 2009

HEALTH OFFICER

Cece Ohmart

8 Fern Lane, Lamoine

667-3129

June 30, 2009

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Michael Arsenault

261 Buttermilk Rd

610-0141

June 30, 2009

FIRE CHIEF

George Smith

819 Douglas Hwy.

667-2532

June 30, 2009

BOARD OF ASSESSORS (ELECTED)

Colene Sharkey

373 Seal Point Road

667-7312

June 30, 2009

E. Jane Fowler, Chair

216 Partridge Cove Rd.

667-5147

June 30, 2010

Terry Towne

9 Cove Rd.

667-4566

June 30, 2011

TRANSFER STATION MANAGER

William Fennelly

35 Fennellyville Rd.

664-0135

June 30, 2009

 


CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, BUILDING INSPECTOR, PLUMBING INSPECTOR

Dennis Ford

71 Orlin Lane

667-9987

June 30, 2009

Deputy Mike Jordan

1485 Shore Rd.

667-8084

June 30, 2009

HARBOR MASTER

David Herrick

319 Douglas Hwy

667-4089

June 30, 2009

Deputy-Kevin Murphy

17 Hodgkins Lane

667-4134

June 30, 2009

TOWN ATTORNEY

Anthony Beardsley

PO Box 723, Ellsworth

667-7121

SCHOOL COMMITTEE (ELECTED)

Robert Pulver

50 Pasture Way

664-2433

Town Meeting 2011

Kathleen Rybarz

50 Ice House Lane

664-0069

Town Meeting 2009

Faith Perkins

46 Berry Cove Rd.

667-5815

Town Meeting 2009

Nancy Sargent

233 Lamoine Beach Rd

667-1954

Town Meeting 2010

Christina Maguire Harding

283 Douglas Hwy

667-9330

Town Meeting 2010

SCHOOL STAFF

Omar Norton, Superintendent*

443 East Main Street, Ellsworth, ME  04605

667-7571

Principal-Val Perkins (interim)

53 Lamoine Beach Road

667-8578

Betty Anderson, Secretary

53 Lamoine Beach Rd.

667-8578

*Replaced Jim Boothby who resigned in October 2008

PLANNING BOARD

Chris Tadema-Wielandt*

50 Point View Lane

266-3123

June 30, 2011

Alternate – Michael Jordan

1485 Shore Rd.

667-8084

June 30, 2009

James Gallagher

128 Great Ledge Rd.

667-1282

June 30, 2009

Alternate - Melody Havey

668 Partridge Cove Rd.

664-0662

June 30, 2009

Michael Garrett, Secretary

PO Box 5037, Ellsworth

667-5295

June 30, 2012

Gordon Donaldson, Chair

500 Douglas Highway

667-2382

June 30, 2010

John Holt

23 Lamoine Beach Rd.

667-8733

June 30, 2013

*Replaced Cece Ohmart who resigned in October 2008

BOARD OF APPEALS

James Crotteau

46 Berry Cove Rd.

667-5815

June 30, 2009

Nicholas Pappas

1581 Shore Rd.

667-2242

June 30, 2009

Jay Fowler

216 Partridge Cove Rd.

667-5147

June 30, 2010

Alternate – Merle Bragdon

32 Walker Rd

667-9733

June 30, 2008

John Wuorinen

498 Lamoine Beach Rd.

664-2484

June 30, 2008

Hancock “Griff” Fenton

28 Marlboro Beach Rd.

667-5608

June 30, 2008

Alternate-Reginald McDevitt

1187 Shore Rd.

667-8046

June 30, 2009

 

BUDGET COMMITTEE

Henry Ashmore, chair

326 Douglas Highway

667-7991

June 30, 2010

Hubene Brodie

PO Box 879, Ellsworth

667-3052

June 30, 2009

Merle Bragdon

32 Walker Rd.

667-9733

June 30, 2011

Robin Veysey

54 Mill Rd.

667-7670

June 30, 2011

Kathleen DeFusco, Alternate*

5 Orchard Ln.

664-2768

June 30, 2009

Reginald McDevitt

1187 Shore Road

667-8046

June 30, 2009

*Replaces Linda Feury who resigned in November, 2008

CONSERVATION COMMISSION       

Fred Stocking

30 Berry Cove Rd.

667-6009

June 30, 2011

W. David Schick

77 Bittersweet Ln

667-0554

June 30, 2011

Carol Korty

32 Fox Run

667-4441

June 30, 2010

Robert Pulver

50 Pasture Way

664-2433

June 30, 2010

Lynda Tadema-Wielandt

50 Point View Lane

667-3994

June 30, 2009

Alternate – Annie Crisafulli

130 Seal Point Rd.

664-0444

June 30, 2010

Alternate-Nancy Pochan

130 Seal Point Rd.

664-0444

June 30, 2010

Joan Strout– Associate

149 Marlboro Beach Rd.

667-7956

June 30, 2011

Laurence Lovett – Associate

91 Bay Rd.

667-9694

June 30, 2010

LAMOINE PARKS COMMISSION

Christa Brey

187 Partridge Cove Rd.

667-7945

June 30, 2009

Nathan Mason

3 Pasture Way

664-2999

June 30, 2010

Sara O’Connell

32 Boulder Cove Way

664-6024

June 30, 2009

Kerry Galeaz

273 Seal Point Rd.

667-1277

June 30, 2011

Julie Herrick

319 Douglas Hwy

667-4089

June 30, 2010

Alt-Richard Brey

187 Partridge Cove Rd.

667-7945

June 30, 2011

VETERANS’ MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

Josephine Cooper, Chair

13 Thaddeus Lane

667-7062

June 30, 2012

Kathleen DeFusco, Secy

5 Orchard Lane

664-2768

June 30, 2012

Marion McFarland

159 Douglas Hwy

667-8893

June 30, 2012

Walton McFarland

159 Douglas Hwy

667-8893

June 30, 2012

Reggie McDevitt

1187 Shore Rd.

667-8046

June 30, 2012

Jay Fowler

216 Partridge Cove Rd.

667-5147

June 30, 2012

George Smith

42 Latona Lane

667-2532

June 30, 2012

Kenneth Fredette

22 Pasture Way

341-0555

June 30, 2012

 

If you are interested in serving on any of the appointed boards, please contact the Selectmen, Town Clerk, or Administrative Assistant so your name can be put on the list for current or future openings. 

 

 


Important Town Information

Town Office Hours

Monday 9AM –4PM

Tuesday 9AM-4PM

Wednesday 9AM-Noon, 1:30-4PM

Thursday 10AM – 6PM

Friday 8AM-4PM

Saturday 8AM – Noon (1st & last of month)

 

Occasionally, the town office is closed for vacation, classes or meetings.  We suggest you call ahead of time.  Town office phone is 667-2242 (fax is automatic after closing). E-mail address is town@lamoine-me.gov.  A great deal of information is on the town’s web site www.lamoine-me.gov 

 

Dog Licenses are due January 1st each year, and during the year when a new dog is acquired or when a puppy reaches 6-months of age.  A valid Maine Rabies Certificate, and, if applicable, a spaying or neutering certificate are required.

 

Tax Exemptions – All persons claiming full or partial exemption from property tax must file a written certificate with the Lamoine Board of Assessors on or before April 1, 2008.  Tractors and automobiles not excised on or before April 1 are subject to personal property tax.  Homestead exemptions renew automatically, but new exemption requests are due by April 1, 2009.

 

Automobile Registrations – Excise tax must be paid at the town hall before registration. The town office staff can re-register most vehicles, but vehicles requiring a new license plate must complete the registration process with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  To re-register, you must provide proof of insurance and the vehicle’s mileage.

 

Boats – All watercraft registrations expire in December.  Excise tax must be paid on all boats.  Any boat moored at Lamoine State Park must obtain a mooring permit from the Harbor Master.  Applications and renewals may be obtained at the Town Hall.

 

Snowmobiles & ATVs – Registration is done at the Town Hall.

 

General Assistance – The town’s general assistance program is open to all persons on an income eligible basis.  Applications may be picked up and filed at the town office during regular business hours.

 

Building Permits – The Lamoine Building & Land Use Ordinance and State Plumbing Code provide for fines of up to $100 per day for work started prior to obtaining necessary permits.  If you are considering projects and you have any doubt as to whether a permit is necessary, call the Code Enforcement Officer before starting.  Building Permits are required!

 

Fiscal Year – Lamoine’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.  Monies requested during the April 8, 2009 town meeting will cover the budget period from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 unless specified otherwise.

 

Tax Bills – These are mailed once the assessors complete the tax commitment, generally in August. Bills are now due in two payments on October 31st and February 28th. Interest on each half accumulates beginning the day after the due date.  If you have purchased property before April 1, and you do not receive a tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector or Board of Assessors.

 

Appointed Positions – The Board of Selectmen appoints most of the positions listed on the previous pages.  If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please contact a Selectman, the Town Clerk or Administrative Assistant.

 

Transfer Station – The Lamoine Transfer Station & Recycling Center is open year round on Fridays and Saturdays.  Summer hours on Friday are 8AM to 5PM; winter hours on Friday are Noon to 5PM.  Saturday hours year round are 8AM to 5PM.  A sticker must be displayed on your vehicle to use the transfer station; they are available from the Town Office.  Demolition Debris and bulky waste must be disposed of at your own expense at EMR in Southwest Harbor or the Ellsworth Transfer Station.  Permits for the Ellsworth Transfer Station are for sale at the Town Office.

 

Burning Permits – Required for any type of outdoor open burning.  They are available from Fire Chief Skip Smith, Assistant Chief Stu Marckoon or at the Town Office.  Permits are subject to time and condition restrictions.

Emergency Phone Number             911 for all services.

 

Cable Television – Provided by Time Warner, 1-800-833-2253.

(Local Government Programming is on Channel 7)

 

E-Mail Reminder Program – The Town Office provides reminder services on a number of services such as vehicle registrations as well as meeting and election notices via e-mail.  Forms to sign up for this service are available at the town office.  E-mail addresses are subject to public inspection under Maine’s Freedom of Access act.

 

On-Line Services – The town in partnership with the State of Maine offers vehicle registration renewal, dog licenses, and hunting and fishing license purchase via the Internet.  To access the services, visit the town’s website at www.lamoine-me.gov

 

The Lamoine QuarterlyThe Town Office publishes a newsletter that comes out in July, October, January and April.  Subscriptions are available for $4/year, but the Quarterly can be viewed on the town’s website for free.  Free hard copies are also available at the town office and are sent home with Lamoine Consolidated School students during the school year. 

 


Board of Selectmen’s Report for 2008

The 2008 Board of Selectmen (from left) Kermit Theall, Brett Jones, Richard Fennelly Jr., S. Josephine Cooper & Cynthia Donaldson

 

2008 has proven to be a year full of challenges and accomplishment.  The effects of the national economy have trickled down to the local government level and will present fiscal challenges for the coming year as revenues from non property tax sources are expected to drop off.  Thankfully, the town is in strong financial shape and we should be able to continue to provide essential services without much of an impact on the property tax rate.

 

In 2008 we finished two major projects that will enhance our community for decades to come.  Our thanks to the many people who gave their time and energy to the Veterans Memorial that was completed in September 2008.  Special thanks go to Jay Fowler and Kathleen DeFusco who worked tirelessly on the project.  The memorial is both a beautiful and fitting tribute to those who served our nation and continue to do so. 

 

The other major project was a renovation of the interior of the town hall.  With the goal of enhancing security and efficiency, the town office staff came up with a plan that reconfigured the offices to accomplish the goals.  The result came out just as planned, on time, and under budget.  A new hardwood type floor covers the 125-year old softwood floor that was starting to fall apart. The final touches on the new salt/sand shed started in 2007 were completed in 2008

 

We have two major changes in town staff this year.  Our transfer station attendant Allen Sternfield retired at the end of June after nearly 15-years on the job.  We hired Bill Fennelly as his replacement and the facility is operating smoothly.  At the town office, Assistant Clerk/Tax Collector Kathleen DeFusco resigned at the end of July, after 5 ½ years on the job.  We’ve hired Diane Carter as her replacement.  We’ve been fortunate to be able to replace very dedicated workers with equally dedicated people.

 

The other town office staff celebrated milestones in 2008.  Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon completed his 15th year of service and Town Clerk/Tax Collector Jennifer Kovacs became a certified Town Clerk and finished her 5th year on the job.

 

 

 

Animal Control Officer Harry Lounder retired at the end of his appointment in June and Michael Arsenault has stepped in as the full ACO.  In addition to his dog complaint duties, Mike also trapped beavers that had been causing havoc at a culvert on Needles Eye Road.

 

Deputy Harbor Master Brian Corrigan resigned to take a job out of state.  Kevin Murphy has stepped in to take his place.  A new sticker program was instituted by the Harbor Masters. And we lost our school superintendent Jim Boothby who worked very closely with town office staff on numerous issues when he took a job as Bucksport’s Superintendent. 

 

During the year former Selectman Chris Tadema-Wielandt resigned to take a position with the Planning Board and voters elected Kermit Theall in December to finish out his term that ends at town meeting 2010.

 

It took three votes to pass the 2008/09 school budget, and while some might view that as a controversial time, we’re struck by how many people are engaged in the local political process.  The budget was passed and ratified before school opened in the fall.  The school department and town office staff deserve a huge amount of credit for keeping the town meeting/validation referendum efforts orderly.  The school department also deserves great praise for working around a major renovation effort at the school which was nearly done as of the end of the year. 

 

The other major change in town is school consolidation.  We’re proud that, of the 13 towns that voted on the new Regional School Unit, Lamoine had the highest turnout percentage and cast the most votes in favor of the plan – exceeding even the City of Ellsworth.  We look forward to seeing how this new partnership and school governance plan will come together.

 

During 2008 the Board was presented with a petition asking for a referendum vote on an ordinance that would require all town meetings be held by referendum.  Based on legal advise, the board rejected the referendum on the basis of serious flaws with the proposed ordinance, and invited petitioners to discuss the proposed idea.  To date none of the petitioners have asked to meet with the Board in regard to that matter. 

 

We were faced with a steep increase in paving costs and worked out a plan with the paving contractor to put a slightly thinner coat on Walker Road & Birchlawn Drive to stay within  budget.   The Board also completed work on a right-of-way swap with Doug Gott & Sons which now protects the capped landfill in return for the right of the company to access their gravel pit through a traditionally used entrance. Another right-of-way agreement with the Branch family has allowed for a new entrance road to be built into Bloomfield Park, improving the road and discouraging unauthorized use of the area.  A contract to build a cell-phone tower at the former landfill site fell through at the last minute, believed to be a victim of the poor economy, but late word in early 2009 is that the project may be revived.


Board of Assessors Report

 

Municipal Valuations as of April 1, 2008

Classification

Gross Value

Exemptions

Taxable Value

Land Values

$137,734,400

$4,068,200

$133,666,200

Building Values

$114,669,800

$3,312,600

$111,357,200

Personal Property

$2,442,600

$98,000

$2,344,600

Subtotal

247,466,000

Homestead Exemptions

$6,147,600

Net Taxable Value

$241,318,400

 

H     The mill rate for 2008/09 rose to $9.00 per $1,000 valuation

H     The Total Tax Commitment was $2,170,983.60       

H     One mill raised $241,318.40

H     The property tax overlay was $37,322.47

H     The increase in net taxable valuation from 4/1/07 was $3,926,500, or 1.65%

H     State Valuation for Lamoine for 2008 was $255,450,000, an increase of 11.84%

 

Supplemental Property Tax Assessments

Name

Map

Lot

Reason

Amount

William Shorey

8

23

Tree Growth Penalty

$345.72

Maine Coast Baptist Church

4

41

Tree Growth Penalty

$39,156.84

Barbara Davis

5

4

Tree Growth Penalty

$21,365.17

Barbara Davis

4

41B

Tree Growth Penalty

$7,590.50

Barbara Davis

8

22

Tree Growth Penalty

$8,795.50

Total

$77,253.73

(All supplemental taxes have been paid, though an appeal of some may go before the State Board of Property Tax Review in 2009. As of December 31, 2008 no appeals had been received).

 

Property Tax Abatements Issued by the Board of Assessors

None

 

The Board of Assessors regularly meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7PM at the Lamoine Town Hall.  The Board also meets in working sessions at various times throughout the year.

 

 Jane Fowler, Chair                            Terry Towne                           Colene Sharkey

 

The Lamoine Board of Assessors

 

 

 

 

 

New Badge

 

Hancock County Sheriff’s Department Report

William F. Clark                                                                                 Richard D. Bishop

        Sheriff                                                                                               Chief Deputy

                                                                                                                                    

TO THE RESIDENTS OF LAMOINE, MAINE

 

GREETINGS,

           

I am please to provide you with a summary of the events our Sheriff’s Department was involved with in your town in 2008.  Although most incidents were as a result of citizens from your town calling for assistance or to report a crime, some, such as the service of subpoenas, and protection orders were initiated by our office.  Also remember this summary only reports those incidents we were involved in and does not include any activity by the Maine State Police.

 

                        Agency Assist              12                     Information                    11

                        Alcohol Offense             2                    Intoxicated Person           1

                        Arrest Warrants              3                    Juvenile Problem             3

                        Attempt to Locate           1                    Lost/Found Property        1

                        Attempted Theft              1                    Littering                           1

                        ATV Complaints             2                    Medical Emergency          1

                        Burglary                         2                    Motor Vehicle Accident   3

                        Citizen Dispute   9                    Motor Vehicle Complaint  15

                        Citizen Assist               21                     Sex Offense                      1     

                        Criminal Mischief           1                    Serve Subpoena             14

                        Dead Body                     3                    Suspicion                      33

                        Disorderly Conduct        6                    Serve Protection Order    5

                        Domestic                        4                    Traffic Accident              20

                        Drug Violation                4                    Traffic Hazard                   1

                        DUI Alcohol/Drugs         3                    Threatening                      3

                        False 911 Call                 6                    Traffic Offense                  8

                        False Alarm                    3                    Theft                              15

                        Fatal Motor Vehicle Acc.  1                   Trespassing                     1

                        Forgery                          1                    Vandalism                        5                 

                        Found Property              1                    Violation Bail Conditions   2   

                        Fraud                             3                    Violation Protection Order 2

                        Harassment                    9                               

 

Respectfully Submitted,

William F. Clark, Sheriff

Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department Report

 


Type

Lamoine

Hancock

Ellsworth

Trenton

Sullivan

Brooklin

Mt. Desert

Structure

 

7

4

2

2

 

1

Electrical

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wires/Tree in Road

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

9

 

 

2

 

 

 

Flooding-Road

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flooding-Home

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

False Alarm

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescue Calls

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Rescue

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle Fires

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildfires

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chimney Fires

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency Assist

2

 

 

 

 

1

 

Total

37

8

4

4

2

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Lamoine firefighters assist at scene of the Church of Life & Praise fire in Ellsworth in July)

 

The men and women of the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department responded to 57 calls for assistance during 2008 with well trained crews and equipment that performed as expected.  While there were no major fire losses in town this year, Hancock County suffered some major fires to which our assistance was requested.  Our department joined closely with Ellsworth in extinguishing a fire in July at the Church of Life and Praise next to Ellsworth High School.  Ten days later we sent firefighters to Northeast Harbor to help stop the spread of a major fire in that village’s downtown. 

 

Here at home we were most often called to road problems – be it motor vehicle accidents, flooding, or trees falling across the road.  Those calls made up more than half of the in-town responses.  Our cadre of volunteers grew slightly this year with some new community members joining the department.  Three firefighters, Brett Jones, Peter Goebel and Michael Jordan, completed their Firefighter II training, giving us a very high percentage of fully trained firefighters.

 

The department upgraded the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA’s or airpacks) this year by purchasing new, higher capacity and lighter weight units.  Instead of roughly 20-minutes inside a smoky atmosphere, firefighters can spend about twice as long without having to change air tanks.  The Department paid $30,000 through privately raised funds for the upgrade.  In late 2007 the department also spent approximately $17,000 to significantly upgrade its rescue tools.  We appreciate all the public support.

 

In the coming year, we are in hopes to upgrade the fleet by purchasing a new brush truck.  The existing truck is approximately 23-years old, and was purchased from federal government surplus.  A new truck would replace that truck and a 33-year old pumper truck, both of which have some serious maintenance issues.  We’re pleased the budget committee has recommended borrowing to purchase a new truck and the Department is prepared to contribute $20,000 toward the purchase.

Respectfully Submitted,

George “Skip” Smith, Fire Chief

 

Planning Board Report

 

Though the economy has significantly slowed development of properties, your Planning Board still had a very busy year in 2008.  The Board’s work included scrutiny of each application received and development of several ordinance changes to be presented to the town meeting in April.

 

Subdivisions – The Board denied an application for a subdivision by Sno Drum LLC proposed for Shore Road at the intersection with Lamoine Beach Road after determining that the entrance onto the public road did not meet the ordinance provisions. 

 

The Board approved a 9-lot subdivision (Raccoon Hollow) proposed by Rebecca Joy that extends from the Salt Water Farm subdivision on Pasture Way.  The original plan had to be reconfigured due to the presence of a bald eagle nest.

 

The Board approved an 11-lot subdivision (Marlboro Woods II) proposed by Timothy Ring that extends the Marlboro Woods subdivision on Lydia’s Lane

 

The Board denied an 11-lot subdivision (Partridge Cove Estates) proposed by Wayne Wright because the road as proposed did not meet the requirements of the Building and Land Use Ordinance.  After receiving a hardship variance from the Board of Appeals, the Board then approved the subdivision.

 

Lamoine State Park – A Site Plan Review and Shoreland Zoning Application from the State of Maine for erection of a group use pavilion and RV septage dumping station was denied by the Planning Board in July.  No appeal was filed.

 

Home Occupations – The Board approved the following home occupation applications:

=       John & Lynne Karst – Seafood sales stand

=       Kelli Willard – Day Care

=       William Fennelly – Bait Shop

 

Gravel Pit Renewals – The Board visited numerous gravel pits seeking renewal this year, including pits owned by Harold MacQuinn, Inc., RF Jordan & Sons, John W. Goodwin Jr., and Michael Keene.

 

Ordinances – The Board is proposing changes to the Gravel Extraction Ordinance clarifying the process used to process permit applications.  Changes to the Building and Land Use Ordinance are being proposed to better define road needs in regard to roads and public street entrances.  A minor change to the Site Plan Review Ordinance is proposed.   We hope that you ask questions about the proposed changes at the meetings planned prior to the town meeting.

 

Membership – We welcome former Selectman Chris Tadema-Wielandt and the Reverend John Holt to the board, joining Michael Garrett, Jim Gallagher, and alternates Melody Havey and Michael Jordan.

Gordon Donaldson, Chair


Board of Appeals Report

 

After a year with no action requested of the Board of Appeals in 2007, the past year has been relatively busy.  

 

In February, the Board held an organizational meeting, selecting Griff Fenton as chair, Nick Pappas as vice-chair, and asking Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon to serve as secretary.  The Board dealt with two appeals during the year.

 

Sharkey vs. Board of Selectmen - The Board received an appeal from Robert Sharkey asking that it review the denial of a petition submitted to the Board of Selectmen requesting a special town meeting be called to vote on an ordinance requiring all town meeting matters be decided by referendum.   The Board advised that it did not have jurisdiction in this matter.

 

Wright vs. Planning Board (variance) - The Board received an appeal from Wayne Wright asking for a hardship variance on the width of a proposed subdivision road (see Planning Board Report).  The Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection ordered that the road be narrower (20-feet) than required in the Building and Land Use Ordinance (24-feet) in order to preserve wetland areas.  The Board found the federal and state requirements imposed a hardship that would render land beyond the wetland area unusable and granted the variance.

 

Membership on the Board of appeals included James Crotteau, Jay Fowler, John Wuorinen, Hancock “Griff” Fenton, Nicholas Pappas, and alternates Reginald McDevitt and Merle Bragdon.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Griff Fenton, Chair

Cable TV Committee Report

 

The Lamoine Cable TV Committee made some major improvements to the infrastructure of the televising equipment at the town hall in 2008 with more equipment due in 2009.  The renovations at the town hall created a technology center room.  This will greatly aid equipment operators televising live meetings.

 

The TV committee also made sure that all the various school budget and consolidation meetings were recorded and televised for cable subscribers.  All Selectmen, Planning Board, Budget Committee, and Appeals Board meetings, and most Conservation Commission Meetings were televised live and recorded for replay.

 

Active members of the committee include Merle Bragdon, Henry Ashmore, Stu Marckoon, Nicholas Pappas, and Patty Heath with great help from Selectman Brett Jones

 

Submitted by:  Bill Butler, Chair


Code Enforcement Officer’s Report

 

Though the economy affected sales greatly in 2008, building activity did not differ all that much from 2007.  The Code Enforcement Office issued 57 Building and Shoreland Zoning permits and 50 plumbing permits.  That’s one less building permit and 7 more plumbing permits than 2007.

 

Permit Type

# Building

Permits

# Shoreland

Permits

Plumbing Permits

Additions

5

2

Hookup only

2

Apartment

1

 

Internal only

4

Arbor

1

 

Internal/Hookup

19

Camp

2

 

Replacement System

2

Deck

13

1

Replacement Tank

2

Foundation

1

 

Septic Systems

20

Garage

7

 

Tank Only

1

Play House

1

 

Variances

2

Residence

14

2

 

 

Shed

9

2

 

 

Sign

3

2

 

 

Steps to Shore

1

1

 

 

Total

58

10

Total

50

 

During 2008 the Code Enforcement Office took several enforcement actions, including:

 

8       Resolved a situation off Mud Creek Road where two camps had been built without a permit.

8       Assisted the Selectmen in implementing a consent agreement with Bradford Towing on Jordan River Road in regard to used vehicle sales display setback

8       Followed up on removal of a dangerous building on Berry Cove Road – the building was successfully razed as per order

8       Investigated a complaint that a septic system was encroaching on a well head off Buttermilk Road and determined it was a civil matter between abutting landowners

8       Issued a notice of violation to a subdivision developer after a lot was allegedly clear cut in the Shoreland Zone.

8       Investigated a complaint of an automobile graveyard law violation on Douglas Highway and determined there was not a violation.

 

Michael Jordan continues to serve as the Deputy Code Enforcement Officer and Deputy Local Plumbing Inspector, having become certified as an LPI during 2008.

 

The Code Enforcement Office is open on Tuesdays from 10AM to Noon and by appointment.

 

Dennis Ford, Code Enforcement Officer

Lamoine Parks Commission Report

 

Completion of approved projects was the goal of the Parks Commission in 2008.

 

Lamoine Beach - The handicap access signs and stalls were added to the parking lot and the wooded area by the bathroom was cleared to make it more presentable. In the spring, we had our annual cleanup day in which we got the Park back into shape from the long winter. This year new grills and more functional trash can tops will be installed.

 

Bloomfield Park - We had our annual cleanup day in the spring. Throughout the summer and fall the woods clearing effort continued. We plan to finish the clearing this Fall.  A small seasonal shore trail to the left of the beach was reclaimed and plans to do the same on the right side will occur this summer.  Also, a loop trail will be blazed on the 2 acres of park property to the left of the beach.  Look for a few picnic tables in the woods by the shore as well. The road project, which consisted of grading the steep entrance and the old road, and creation of a new section of road and a small parking area, was completed in December. We are excited that the vision for this area is starting to take shape!

 

Marlboro Beach - Nature is still at work!

 

Although we did not make our deadline in installing the kiosks at Lamoine Beach and Bloomfield Park in 2008, they will be completed in 2009. We believe that the final product will be worth the wait and hope you feel the same.

 

In 2008 we co hosted the 3rd annual Flattop 5K Road Race and Kids Fun Run. 130 runners participated. Planning is underway for the 4th annual to be held March 28th. This has become a favorite for local runners. We encourage everyone to join us to pay tribute to Bill Pinkham and support the Sumner Memorial High School Runner Scholarship Fund and the Lamoine Parks Commission. Walkers are welcome!

 

In closing, we continue to believe we are fortunate as a community to possess these three areas to enjoy and will continue our focus and commitment to continually look at ways to maintain them in a manner to protect and preserve them, as well as make them more enjoyable and safe to use by the residents of Lamoine. We meet the third Tuesday of the month and welcome suggestions and ideas regarding these areas. Thank you for your support in 2008.

 

Kerry Galeaz, Chair

Sara O’Connell, Secretary

Christa Brey

Julie Herrick

Nathan Mason

Richard Brey, Alternate

 

Road Commissioner’s Report

 

The year was relatively kind to Lamoine’s Roads, but the economy was not.  Most of the maintenance issues involved shoulder damage from heavy rains and clogged up culverts. Help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency allowed damage to roads in 2007 to be fixed, and money appropriated locally was able to be carried forward in the road fund, which held a healthy balance at the end of the fiscal year. 

 

The major work included final completion of the Salt/Sand building.  Jay Fowler & Sons did a bang up job, and the building has proven to be very functional and attractive.  By storing the salt and sand under cover, our plow contractor’s efforts have been more effective and efficient, and the environment has been spared the harm of salt contamination.

 

The town paved a portion of Walker Road, Birchlawn Drive and South Birchlawn Drive in the summer of 2008.  We had to do some negotiating due to a major increase in the price of asphalt, and accomplished the paving goal by putting down a slightly thinner coat of mix.  There was even a little bit left over to smooth up a small section of Buttermilk Road, which is on the paving list for 2009.

 

Speaking of the coming year, we also hope to do some tree trimming, especially on Shore Road, add a 2nd culvert to a spot on Needles Eye Road that floods during heavy rain storms, and to properly shape shoulders and replace driveway culverts as needed on other roads.  The Selectmen are in the process of talking about some contract changes with the Snow Plowing contractor which helps ensure fair payment during tough weather or economics that drive the price of fuel to extraordinary levels.

 

Thanks, too, goes to the members of the Lamoine Volunteer fire department who were called numerous times in the past year to remove trees that fell on both state and local roads. 

 

Dennis Ford, Road Commissioner

In a cloud of dust, George Crawford sweeps the winter sand from the roads and public parking areas

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Solid Waste Report

 

A major change took place at Lamoine’s Transfer Station in 2008.  Allen Sternfield, the only attendant the town ever had at the facility, retired.  Allen served nearly 15-years as the transfer station manager, and the Board of Selectmen hired Bill Fennelly, a former fill-in attendant to take his place. 

 

The amount of trash Lamoine residents threw out actually decreased slightly in 2008 – falling under 600-tons for only the second time since 2000.  The Penobscot Energy Recovery Company facility incinerated 599.59 tons of trash.  We’d like to think that more recycling led to the reduction in trash being incinerated, and there did seem to be some pickup in the recycling rate.  The 2008 figures are not fully in yet, but through July, Lamoine had sent 4-more tons to be recycled than in 2007.  The 2007 adjusted recycling rate for Lamoine was 46.84% according to the State Planning Office.  That’s up from 35.1% in 2006, and represents the 2nd best recycling year ever in town.

 

Lamoine residents participated in a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) cleanup sponsored by the MDI League of Towns and the Acadia Disposal District.  The participants sent 4-times as much hazardous waste for proper disposal, and a whopping 10-times as much Universal Waste (TV’s, monitors, fluorescent bulbs) to the cleanup.

 

The Adopt-A-Road program was a big success this year as well, with volunteers cleaning up roadside trash, sometimes in great quantities.  Our thanks to Georgia Munsell for heading up that effort. 

Retired Transfer Station Manager Allen Sternfield

 

Georgia Munsell helps install the Adopt-a-Highway sign on Mud Creek Road

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Conservation Commission Report

            The Lamoine Conservation Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Town Hall and provides education about, and a forum to promote conservation in Lamoine.  The Commission sets aside part of every meeting to hear the concerns of those attending.

            The Commission tries to have educational speakers several times a year.  This year we hosted William Fennelly, the new manager at the Lamoine Transfer station, who is eager to work with others to do recycling work with schoolchildren. Anyone interested in pursuing this should contact Bill or Nancy Pochan of the Recycling Subcommittee.  Bethany Atkins of the Beginning with Habitat program presented the Town with a new set of habitat maps and talked of the importance of the relatively large habitat blocks that Lamoine enjoys and the importance of leaving them intact and creating wildlife corridors between them.

            Dr. Jane Disney and Dr. George Kidder spoke in the summer about the eelgrass restoration project in Frenchman Bay.  Eelgrass is an important nursery for lobsters and other valuable resources and was once wide-spread throughout Frenchman Bay, but is now found only in certain protected areas, such as the Jordan River. This is another project that might involve students from Lamoine and which requires volunteers.

            The Conservation Commission held two stargazing events, hosted by Lamoine-resident Linda Penkalski, to enjoy the night sky.  Around the country, more and more areas are so swamped with light that the night sky is greatly diminished.  Acadia National Park is said to be the only national park east of the Mississippi from which you can see the Milky Way. An effort to educate people about proper lighting to minimize light diffusion is underway all around Frenchman Bay.  The event was well-received and is likely to be repeated annually.

The GET WET! water testing program continues in the Lamoine Consolidated School in 2008-2009, and is also being used elsewhere in Maine.  Bob Pulver and Carol Korty continue to spearhead this successful effort, which both introduces students to hands-on science and slowly builds a database of water quality in Lamoine. The Commission’s drinking water advocacy continued with recommendation of a proposed Aquifer Protection Overlay Zone Ordinance, which the Planning Board will consider in 2009.

 Thanks to the efforts of Georgia Munsell, the annual roadside clean-up has been replaced by the Adopt-A-Highway program.  Many families have agreed to regularly patrol a section of the roads in town.

            A new project for the Commission is preparation of an Open Space Inventory of the Town, scheduled for presentation to the Select Board prior to the end of 2009.

            The Conservation Commission made its second presentation of the Lamoine Conservation Award at the Town Meeting in April, 2008. This year the award went posthumously to Ellis (Sam) Holt, who was instrumental in mobilizing community awareness of drinking water issues and obtaining the first scientific work on Lamoine’s aquifer.  In addition, the Conservation Commission advocates each year for a modest amount of money to be placed in a Land Conservation Reserve Fund for future projects.

            The Conservation Commission thanked Donna Theall for her steady participation on the Commission and welcomed David Schick as a new member. Current Conservation Commission members are Fred Stocking, (Chair), Lynda Tadema-Wielandt, Bob Pulver, Carol Korty and David Schick (Secretary), with Annie Crisafulli and Nancy Pochan, alternates.  All are welcome to attend and participate.


Veterans’ Memorial Committee Report

Credit for creating the Lamoine Veterans Memorial goes to a large group of dedicated volunteers.  The idea started several years ago with Reggie McDevitt as the town explored its long term needs.  Reggie kept pressing the matter and 2008 was the year it all came together.

 

The Veterans Memorial Committee formed by the Selectmen in 2006 designed a beautiful monument and came up with numerous fundraising plans to pay for it. 

(Above – the crew from Jay Fowler & Son digs the first hole.  Left, Fred Wieninger & crew set the base and monument stones into place)

 

The committee is most grateful to member Jay Fowler who donated his time and his company’s efforts for the site work on the north side of the Lamoine Town Hall.  In late August, the proper holes were dug, and the pieces of the monument were put in place and the town was buzzing.

Resident Jay Barnes set a number of perennials in place.  Bricks inscribed with names of veterans and folks who donated to the cause were laid on the walkway to the stone itself.  Flag poles to display the American, Maine and POW/MIA flag were installed, and by September 19th, the project was ready to be unveiled to the public.  And what a glorious time it was.  Scores of people were bused to the town hall from the school.  World War Two veteran Del

Merrill (left) gave the keynote address.  The VFW post (above) provided a color guard complete with a rifle salute.  The Lamoine School band played patriotic selections, while back at the school members of the committee held a reception for any and all.  It went off without a hitch.  The committee has continued to raise funds even after the construction and dedication.  Of the $12,000 borrowed from the town’s capital improvements fund, it’s hoped that less than $4,000 will be owed by the end of FY 09, and that town meeting will forgive the outstanding balance.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Jo Cooper, (Chair), Kathleen DeFusco (Secretary), Marion McFarland, Walton McFarland, Jay Fowler, Reginald McDevitt, George Smith and Ken Fredette

 


Administrative Assistant’s Report

 

This past year has been one of opportunity and accomplishment in Lamoine, and I’m very proud to live and work in this community.  Our citizens are involved, engaged, passionate, and proud.  Your town government is not extravagant, but your elected officials have made sure that the tools and personnel are in place to carry out the functions that are required. 

 

The challenges we’ve faced this year will continue to mount as the economy remains relatively weak nationally.  State funds for education and for portions of our local government operation are drying up.  That means either some services will have to be reduced, fees or property taxes must increase, or some creative ways must be found to accomplish the same tasks more efficiently.  Even small steps are paying off – for example, we changed telephone service providers, cutting the monthly bill at the town hall (and soon the fire station) in half.  We negotiated with a paving contractor to put down a little thinner coat of paving this summer to stretch the material to cover what was intended to be paved after the price rose sharply.  And instead of completely replacing a balky computer in the Clerk’s office, we installed more memory, and for $40 instead of $500 we have essentially a new computer.

 

We also accomplished some major projects this summer.  The Veterans’ Memorial, which sits right outside my window, is a beautiful addition to the town hall property.  The renovation inside the town hall has allowed the operation to transact business much more efficiently and has enhanced the security of the staff and the assets of the town.

 

But it’s people who make it all work.  Kathy DeFusco resigned this summer, and while I miss the day to day with her, she’s still in on a regular basis to work with the Veterans’ Memorial Committee and to keep me in my place.  Her replacement, Diane Carter has proven to be a delightful addition to the staff and a quick study.  Jennifer Kovacs enters her 6th year with us and was certified by the Maine Town and City Clerk’s Association this year.  You couldn’t ask for a nicer and more knowledgeable co-worker.  Thanks too go to the entire Board of Selectmen for the support on the job.

 

My family continues to grow.  Our older daughter, Sarah, is off to college in Waterville, making the Dean’s List and excelling at Intercollegiate Volleyball.  Our younger daughter, Rebecca, is in the midst of her sophomore year at Ellsworth High School.  My wife and I have enjoyed being sports officials (baseball, basketball, cheering) in our spare time, while both reaching the half-century mark during 2008.  We thank-you for being good neighbors and supportive friends.

 

Stu Marckoon, Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen

(Looking from the new office window)

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


Town Clerk’s Report

January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008

 

Jennifer M. Kovacs, Town Clerk

                        Kathleen DeFusco, Assistant Town Clerk until 7/2008

Diane Carter, Assistant Town Clerk 9/2008

 

Births

Residents- Out of Town

           Males

7

           Females

6

           Total

13

No births occurred in Lamoine during 2008

 

Marriages

Residents Married Outside of Lamoine

      5

Residents Married in Lamoine

Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs at the new service counter window

 
      2

Non-Residents Married in Lamoine

      3

Non-Residents License Issued

      2

Total

    12

 

Deaths

Residents who died out of Town           

Residents who died in Town

Julie A. Herrick, April 13, 2008

Janet B. Toman, January 18, 2008

Edward H. Wallace, June 13, 2008

Linda Mannisto, January 27, 2008

Eleanor T. Norris, September 3, 2008

Robert W. Higgins, March 4, 2008

David L. MacDonald Sr., September 17, 2008

Ralph M. Murphy Jr., March 24, 2008

Richard L. Linscott, November 13, 2008

Richard H. Grindle, April 11, 2008

Kenneth O. Bragdon Sr., November 19, 2008

Francis J. Murray, April 30, 2008

Bertha M. Rosebrook, November 23, 2008

Bruce A. Sommer, June 21, 2008

Madeline A. Bragdon, December 5, 2008

Albina A. Gorman, July 12, 2008

 

Dog Licenses Issued for the 2008 Licensing Year (10/1607 to 10/15/08)

Males/Females

36

Spayed/Neutered

268

Total Dogs Licensed

304

*Does not include on-line registration sales

through the State of Maine

 

 

Assistant Town Clerk Diane Carter

 
 

 

 

 

 

 


Tax Collector’s Report – 2008/09 Property Tax

 

As of December 31, 2008

Tax Commitment 8/23/08

 

$2,170,983.60

Prepaid Taxes

($4,874.45)

 

Submitted to Treasurer

($1,463,105.32)

 

Total Collected

$1,467,979.77

 

Balance Due 12/31/08

 

$703,003.83

 

Supplemental Taxes Imposed September 5, 2008

Amount Committed

$77,253.73

Submitted to Treasurer

$77,253.73

Balance Due 12/31/08

$0.00

 

At a special town meeting in July, the voters approved having the property tax payments due in two installments, October 31, 2008 and February 28, 2009.  Because of the number of taxpayers who’ve utilized the two payment option, listing the individual amounts due as of December 31, 2008 is impractical.

 

2007/08 Property Tax

 

As of June 30, 2008 (end of the fiscal year)

Tax Commitment 8/22/07

 

$1,661,743.30

Prepaid Taxes

($1,219.50)

 

Submitted to Treasurer

($1,629,130.42)

 

Tax Liens Filed 6/16/08

($31,319.88)

 

Total Collected

1,661,669.80

 

Balance

 

$73.50*

*Personal Property Tax – Owed by Barry Norris

 

Excise Taxes Collected

Automobile Excise Taxes Collected Fiscal Year ending 6/30/08

$299,826.00

Watercraft Excise Taxes Collected Fiscal Year ending 6/30/08

$3,884.74

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Jennifer M. Kovacs, Tax Collector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

 

The Town of Lamoine found itself in a relatively strong financial condition at the end of fiscal year 2008 (June 30, 2008), though roughly a quarter million dollars less was in the bank than the year before.  The town continues to have a positive cash flow and has met all its expense obligations.  There are some warning signs for FY 09 and beyond – all of them beyond the control of the town.

 

While the value of invested money was greatly eroded in 2008, a conservative investment approach by the town in federally backed securities saw no degradation in the base value of those investments.  Interest income, though, will fall for fiscal year 2009, and is unlikely to meet the budget expectation.  Two factors come into play – the overall economy has seen interest earning rates fall significantly, and the changeover to a twice per year property tax due date means less money is coming in during October, and thus is not earning interest in the town’s investment accounts for 4-months.

 

Other revenues are also experiencing some backpedaling.  Excise taxes are unlikely to meet budget expectations thanks to a serious slowdown in new vehicle sales.  The state is likely to vote on a bill that, if passed, would greatly alter excise tax rates on newer vehicles.  The excise taxes collected in FY 2008 were just under projection (0.058%), and we’re seeing faster erosion in excise revenues during FY 2009.  Permit income from building and other types of code enforcement fees is also expected to drop off a bit.

 

On the expense side, the town did OK in FY 2008.  Animal control exceeded its budget due to a rabies outbreak and special shots and training needed for that.  School expenses were barely within adjusted budget levels. Excluding education, the town spent $84,000 less than what was budgeted, while generating about $20,000 more in revenue that was budgeted, for a net positive impact on the fund balances of over $100,000. 

 

The town did not foreclose on any property due to unpaid taxes.  In fact, the number of foreclosure notices sent by the town was down a bit in FY 2008.  The only bond (excluding the school renovation bond) outstanding at the end of FY 08 was for a fire truck and that was retired in early August.

 

Municipalities depend on the State of Maine for part of the revenue stream, and Governor John Baldacci has ordered across the board 10% funding cuts which will greatly affect education funding.  It remains to be seen how school consolidation will impact expenses and revenues.

 

 

Stu Marckoon, Treasurer


Town of Lamoine - Balance Sheet - June 30, 2008

Account

Account Description

Debit Amt

Credit

 

Account

Account Description

Debit

Credit Amt

1-01-001

Cash - FNBBH Checking

$52,454.63

 

 

2-01-02

Accounts Payable

 

$112,774.49

1-01-02.1

FNBBH Investment Mgt

$505,296.59

 

 

2-01-02.2

Conservation Cmsn Payable

 

$200.03

1-01-09

Petty Cash

$200.00

 

 

2-01-03

Encumbered funds carried fwd

 

$8,516.00

1-01-20.00

Prepaid Taxes

 

1,533.85

 

2-01-04

Tax Overcharge Payable

 

$10.00

1-01-21.03

Personal Property Tax 03-04

$754.60

 

 

2-01-40

Notes Payable

 

$0.00

1-01-21.07

Pers Prop Tax due 10/31/07

$73.50

 

 

2-03-01

Teacher's Contract Payable

 

$103,716.15

1-01-25.06

2006/07 Tax Liens

$6,405.82

 

 

2-03-02

Accrued Wages Payable-Ed.

 

$15,796.86

1-01-25.07

Liens 2007-08 Taxes

$24,352.49

 

 

2-03-03

School Operations Payable

 

$38,271.77

1-01-50

Accounts Receivable

$6,681.73

 

 

2-20-01

Due to Gen. Fund - Cemetery

 

$1,610.51

1-01-52

Demolition Debris Receivable

$676.96

 

 

2-40-01

Deferred Property Tax Revenue

 

$26,813.22

1-01-70

Due from Other Funds

$1,610.51

 

 

 

Total Liabilities

 

$307,709.03

1-02-01

Code Enforcement Fund

$9,960.42

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-03-50

Education Fund - Receivable

$898,164.17

 

 

3-01-01

Unreserved/Undesignated Fund

 

$352,511.60

1-06-01

Fire Truck Reserve Fund

$11,525.89

 

 

3-02-01

Code Enforcement Fund

 

$9,333.42

1-07-01

Salt Sand Shed Res Fund

$496.89

 

 

3-03-01

Education Fund

 

$740,336.19

1-09-01

Road Assistance Fund

$1,926.16

 

 

3-06-01

Fire Truck Reserve Fund

 

$11,525.89

1-10-01

Education Capital Reserve

$2,802.55

 

 

3-09-01

Road Fund

 

$85,439.42

1-11-02

Portable Classroom Maintenance

$7,043.69

 

 

3-10-01

Education Capital Reserve

 

$9,765.39

1-13-01

Revaluation Reserve

$40,770.29

 

 

3-12-01

Animal Control Fund

 

$294.89

1-14-01

Parks Fund

$4,066.40

 

 

3-13-01

Revaluation Fund

 

$40,770.29

1-15-01

Cable TV Fund

$12,044.46

 

 

3-14-02

Parks & Recreation Fund

 

$4,474.38

1-16-01

Insurance Deductible Fund

$5,487.10

 

 

3-15-01

Cable TV Equipment Fund

 

$19,051.52

1-17-01

Harbor Fund

$6,633.35

 

 

3-16-01

Insurance Deductible Fund

 

$3,776.80

1-18-01

Veterans' Memorial Fund

$10,298.31

 

 

3-17-01

Harbor Fund

 

$8,026.54

1-19-01

Capital Improvements Account

$128,552.59

 

 

3-18-01

Reserved for Endowments

 

$11,856.13

1-20-01.1

Cemeteries - East Lamoine

$2,576.64

 

 

3-18-02

Veterans' Memorial Fund

 

$15,268.41

1-20-01.2

Cemeteries - Forest Hills

$2,361.95

 

 

3-19-01

Capital Improvement Fund

 

$129,071.99

1-20-01.3

Cemeteries - Marlboro

$8,528.05

 

 

3-30-01

Fixed Assets

 

$9,343,961.11

1-30

Fixed Assets

$9,343,961.11

 

 

3-31-01

Land Conservation Fund

 

$2,029.84

1-30-01

Land Conservation Fund

$1,029.84

 

 

 

Total Fund Balances

 

$10,787,493.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

$11,095,202.84

 

 

 

Total Liabilities & Fund Balances

$11,095,202.84

 


Cash Account – Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008

 

Beginning Balance, June 30, 2008

 

$48,539.91

Revenues from Treasurer’s Receipts

Source

 

 

 

Tax Collector/Clerk’s Office

 

$2,031,547.25

 

Code Enforcement Office

 

$12,896.58

 

State of Maine (Education)

 

 

 

General Purpose Aid

$429,715.66

 

 

DHHS/Medicaid

$18,275.30

 

 

Fuel Tax Refund

$1,734.22

 

 

 

Subtotal

$449,725.18

 

Municipal Revenue Sharing

 

$66,566.05

 

Rapid Renewal (Excise Tax)

 

$10,482.51

 

Investment Mgt. Transfers In

 

$1,350,000.00

 

Interest (checking account)

 

$5,979.61

 

Payroll withholdings

 

$17,859.01

 

Donation to Parks Commission

 

$25.00

 

State of Maine (Non-Education)

 

 

 

General Assistance

$1,115.67

 

 

Homestead Exemptions

$21,11100

 

 

Urban/Rural Road Prgm

$27,668.00

 

 

Animal Control Fine

$50.00

 

 

Tree Growth Reimburse

$135.00

 

 

Snowmobile Fees

$364.10

 

 

Veterans Exemptions

$888.28

 

 

Park Entrance Fees

$1,315.45

 

 

MEMA/FEMA

$6,028.64

 

 

 

Subtotal

$58,676.14

 

Liens, Fees & Interest

 

$39,899.87

 

Miscellaneous Receipts

 

 

 

Underpaid Expenses

$0.40

 

 

Uncashed checks

$37.81

 

 

Friends of State Park

$35.00

 

 

Returned Check Restitution

$945.89

 

 

Conservation Commission

$937.50

 

 

Veterans Memorial Cmte

$1,402.84

 

 

Sales of Emergency Kits

$45.00

 

 

Overpaid Tax Withholding

$65.00

 

 

WB Mason – Refund

$87.19

 

 

Lamoine VFD – mis-deposit

$200.00

 

 

Land Conservation Donation

$1,000.00

 

 

Insurance Dividend-MMA

$1,446.00

 

 

Cable TV Franchise Fees

$7,701.52

 

 

FEMA – Road Repairs

$31,348.95

 

 

 

Subtotal

$45,253.10

 

Expense Reimbursements

 

 

 

State of Maine (Boiler License)

$50.00

 

 

Planning Board (Sno Drum)

$69.28

 

 

K&T Environmental (Fire)

$103.00

 

 

Planning Board (K&T Rental)

$79.10

 

 

Planning Board (JWJ LLC)

$122.11

 

 

The First (Checks)

$134.66

 

 

MRRA (Recycling Revenue)

$6,072.67

 

 

Acadia Disposal (HHW fees)

$230.23

 

 

Stuart & Lisa Branch

$460.00

 

 

Municipal Review Cmte.

$12,962.32

 

 

 

Subtotal

$20,283.37

 

Education – Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Jury/Witness Fees

$55.40

 

 

MSAD 26

$20,983.90

 

 

Lamoine School Dept.

$765.58

 

 

Maine School Management

$929.00

 

 

Jina’s Gym

$1,038.00

 

 

Verizon

$1,144.07

 

 

Otis/Mariaville School Dept

$2,480.04

 

 

Lamoine School Lunch

$38,225.30

 

 

Town of Franklin

$11,763.18

 

 

ME Municipal Bond Bank

$70,882.72

 

 

 

Subtotal

$148,267.19

 

Total Receipts to Checking Acct

 

 

$4,257,460.86

Disbursements

 

 

 

Expenditure Warrants 1-27

 

$4,252,588.32

 

Bank Service Charges

 

$37.05

 

Returned Checks

 

$783.66

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

Overpayments to Vendors

$2.45

 

 

The First (Checks reimburse)

$134.66

 

 

 

Subtotal

$137.11

 

Total Disbursed from Checking

 

 

$4,253,546.14

Ending Balance – Checking Account

$52,454.63

 

 

Expenditures

 

Beginning on the next page are the people and companies to whom town funds were disbursed on a warrant approved by the Board of Selectmen.  The list is sorted by vendor name and broken out into the various categories that each vendor was paid.

 

To see the total spending in each line item of the budget, please refer to the budget printed later in this town report.

 

All disbursals are made by either check, debit card, or by on-line bill payment.  Per policy approved by the Board of Selectmen, some disbursals, such as payroll, are made prior to the regular meeting at which the warrant is signed. 

 

 

 

 


Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

 

Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

Acadia Disposal District

Solid Waste

HHW Collection

$514.00

 

Angelo's Pizza

Adm

Training

$21.37

Michael Arsenault

Acct Payable

Animal Ctrl

$173.80

 

Michael Arsenault

Animal Control

Labor

$890.00

Michael Arsenault

Animal Ctrl

Costs

$222.01

 

Michael Arsenault

Animal Control

Mileage

$460.56

AT&T Wireless

Adm

Telephone

$30.91

 

AT&T Wireless

Fire

Telephone

$46.04

AT&T Wireless

Solid Waste

Telephone

$21.75

 

City of Bangor

Animal Control

Rabies Shots

$630.00

Jay Barnes

Cemetery

Maintenance

$200.00

 

Bard Industries

Parks

Lamoine Beach

$117.85

Bangor Hydro

Adm

Electricity

$2,556.15

 

Bangor Hydro

Adm

Gen'l Assistance

$1,362.28

Bangor Hydro

Fire

Electricity

$1,649.29

 

Bangor Hydro

Solid Waste

Electricity

$362.48

Bangor Hydro

Roads

Electricity

$423.46

 

Bangor Hydro

Roads

Streetlights

$716.50

Tyler Black

Fire

Stipend

$100.00

 

Garrett Bowden

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

Russell Boynton Jr.

Acct Payable

Parks

$176.50

 

Russell Boynton Jr.

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

Russell Boynton Jr.

Parks

Lamoine Beach

$715.50

 

Russell Boynton Jr.

Parks

Bloomfield

$92.00

Branch Pond Marine

Acct Payable

Fire

$327.65

 

Branch Pond Marine

Fire

Boat Maint

$188.89

Joan Broussard

Adm

Ballot Clerk

$184.50

 

Brown's Communications

Acct Payable

Fire

$225.00

Brown's Communications

Fire

Radio Maint

$685.45

 

Brown's Communications

Fire

Pagers

$1,840.00

Carleton Brodie

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

 

Brown's River Bindery

Adm

Record Preserve

$1,871.00

Angie Butler

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

 

William Butler

Adm

Ballot Clerk

$58.50

William Butler

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

 

C&C Machine Shop

Fire

Stn. Repair

$1,627.10

Christine Callahan

Overpaid

Refund

$3.41

 

NAPA Auto Parts

Fire

Truck Maint

$100.86

NAPA Auto Parts

Fire

Boat Maint

$8.14

 

NAPA Auto Parts

Fire

Truck testing

$9.70

Cargill Incorporated

Roads

Salt

$9,145.41

 

James Carney

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

East Lamoine Cemetery

Acct Payable

Vets Graves

$680.00

 

Forest Hill Cemetery

Parks

Vets Graves

$300.00

Robert Christie

Overpaid

Refund

$2.40

 

Cingular

Acct Payable

Telephone

$34.00

Circle K Locksmith

Fire

Station Maint

$875.00

 

Colwell Diesel

Acct Payable

Fire Truck Maint

$670.20

Colwell Diesel

Fire

Truck Maint

$1,703.41

 

S. Josephine Cooper

Adm

Selectman Pay

$1,600.00

The Copy Center

Adm

Town Reports

$1,490.92

 

Brian Corrigan

Harbor

Deputy Pay

$250.00

County Ambulance

Public Safety

Contract

$10,465.00

 

George Crawford

Acct Payable

Road Maint

$1,675.50

George Crawford

Solid Waste

Maintenance

$325.00

 

George Crawford

Roads

Mowing

$1,400.00

George Crawford

Roads

Sweeping

$1,930.00

 

Catherine Bragdon

Adm

Ballot Clerk

$463.50

Cecilia Ohmart

Adm

Health Officer

$100.00

 

Downeast Aids Network

Social Service

Donation

$600.00

Kathleen DeFusco

Adm

Asst. Clerk

$7,628.50

 

Kathleen DeFusco

Adm

Mileage

$120.40

Dell Computers

Adm

Office Supply

$94.49

 

Downeast Office

Adm

Office Supply

$373.23

Downeast Office

Adm

Elections

$6.29

 

State of Maine

Solid Waste

Licensing

$375.00

Digital River

CTV

Parts

$34.99

 

Secretary of State

Motor Vehicles

Reg Fees

$56,253.75

State of Maine

Dog

Reg Fees

$1,140.00

 

Allen Doll

Cap Projects

Salt/Sand Shed

$33,450.00

Cynthia Donaldson

Adm

Selectman Pay

$1,000.00

 

Cynthia Donaldson

Adm

Ballot Clerk

$27.00

Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

 

Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

Registrar.gov

Adm

Website Reg

$125.00

 

Downeast Horizons

Social Service

Donation

$600.00

Downeast Graphics

Solid Waste

Permit Books

$181.20

 

Downeast Graphics

Code Enforce

Permit Books

$125.25

Eastern Agency-Aging

Social Service

Donation

$250.00

 

EBS

Acct Payable

Parks

$94.18

EBS

Fire

Hydrant Maint

$39.80

 

Electronic Tax Payment

FICA

Withheld

$6,779.40

Electronic Tax Payment

Medicare

Withheld

$1,585.57

 

Electronic Tax Payment

Federal Tax

Withheld

$6,625.97

Electronic Tax Payment

Earned Income

Credit

-$1,201.00

 

Electronic Tax Payment

Adm

FICA

$6,779.46

Electronic Tax Payment

Adm

Medicare

$1,585.52

 

EHS Class of 1987

Parks

Refund

$50.00

Ellsworth American

Adm

Advertising

$376.57

 

Ellsworth American

Adm

Newsletter

$900.00

Ellsworth American

Planning Brd

Advertising

$427.88

 

Ellsworth American

CEO

Advertising

$46.93

City of Ellsworth

Demo Debris

Receivable

$4,140.75

 

Ellsworth Pub. Library

Library

Donation

$6,345.00

Faith In Action

Social Service

Donation

$600.00

 

Family Fuel

Adm

Gen'l Assistance

$285.00

Edward Farnsworth

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

 

Frenchman Bay Planning

Encumbered

Town Hall Renov.

$2,100.00

William Fennelly

Solid Waste

Labor

$380.00

 

Richard Fennelly, Jr.

Adm

Selectman Pay

$1,000.00

Richard Fennelly Jr.

Port Classroom

Maintenance

$80.85

 

The First

Invest Mgt.

Transfers In

$875,000.00

First American RE Tax

Overpaid

Refund

$2,640.40

 

Ann Fitzgerald

Overpaid

Refund

$20.00

Gail Fletcher

Overpaid

Refund

$2.99

 

The First

Vets Memorial

Transfers In

$10,000.00

The First

Revaluation

Fund Addition

$10,000.00

 

The First

Insurance Ded.

Transfers In

$1,000.00

The First

Land Conserv

Transfer In

$1,000.00

 

Dennis Ford

CEO

Salary

$15,126.80

Dennis Ford

Acct Payable

CEO

$442.80

 

Dennis Ford

CEO

Mileage

$207.26

Dennis Ford

CEO

Supplies

$7.74

 

Dennis Ford

Road Cmsr

Mileage

$10.44

Dennis Ford

Roads

Cmsr Pay

$500.00

 

Jay Fowler

Encumbered

Road Maint

$31,566.18

Jay Fowler

Acct Payable

Roads

$2,802.00

 

Jay Fowler

Roads

Shore Road

$9,331.22

Jay Fowler

Salt/Sand

Construction

$38,100.00

 

Jay Fowler

Roads

Walker Road

$5,617.75

Jay Fowler

Roads

Mill Road

$2,892.28

 

Jay Fowler

Roads

Needles Eye

$1,869.72

Jay Fowler

Roads

Asa's Lane

$96.50

 

Jay Fowler

Roads

Seal Point Rd.

$1,000.00

Jay Fowler

Roads

Raccoon Cove Rd

$500.00

 

Jay Fowler

Roads

Birchlawn Dr.

$5,954.25

Jay Fowler

Roads

Berry Cove Rd

$1,500.00

 

Perry Fowler & Dad

Acct Payable

Road Maint

$340.00

E. Jane Fowler

Adm

Assessor Pay

$1,500.00

 

Kerry Galeaz

Parks

Lamoine Beach

$95.63

Douglas Frangillo

Overpaid

Refund

$12.63

 

Robert Gettman

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

Kerry Galeaz

Parks

Bloomfield Pk

$5.00

 

Peter Goebel

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

Gilman Electric

Adm

Lighting

$186.96

 

Gold Star Cleaners

Acct Payable

Fire

$59.75

Peter Goebel

Fire

Radio Maint

$31.50

 

Andrew Gold

Overpaid

Refund

$1,996.30

Gold Star Cleaners

Fire

Turnout Gear

$5.00

 

Registry of Deeds

Adm

Liens/Filings

$1,066.00

Hamilton Marine

Harbor

Equipment

$452.54

 

Registry of Deeds

CEO

Misc Filing

$15.00

Registry of Deeds

Adm

Deed Copies

$99.00

 

Hancock County

Public Safety

Dispatch RCC

$2,346.93

Hancock County

County Tax

 

$98,608.64

 

Hannaford Food & Drug

Adm

Gen'l Assistance

$69.96

Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

 

Vendor

Appropriation

Account

Amount

Hannaford Food & Drug

Adm

Office Supply

$26.99

 

Jonathan Harris

Fire

Stipend

$200.00

Harmon's Pressure Wash

Parks

Lamoine Beach

$225.00

 

Haslam Septic

Solid Waste

Septic Contract

$800.00

Lynn Harvey

Overpaid

Refund

$3.80

 

Hancock Cty Plan Cmsn

Roads

Salt contract

$25.00

Patricia Haslam

Vets Memorial

Refund

$50.00

 

Patricia Heath

Overpaid

Refund

$15.00

Health Acadia

Payable

Emergency Kit