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Minutes of Special Town Meeting June 19, 2007

Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs called the meeting to order at the Lamoine Consolidated School Gym at 7:00 PM.

1. To choose a moderator to preside over said meeting. Stuart Marckoon nominated Harvey Kelley. Kathleen DeFusco 2nd . There were no other nominations. A written ballot elected Mr. Kelley 9-0. Mr. Marckoon administered the oath of office to Mr. Kelley.

 

Deputy Town Clerk Kathleen DeFusco and Ballot Clerk Cynthia Donaldson checked in 71 registered voters.

Mr. Kelley established that he would operate according to the Maine Moderator's Manual.

It was moved and 2nd to allow non-voters/non-residents to speak at the Moderator's discretion. The motion passed by majority on a hand vote.

2.  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 $928,137.68 ). It was moved and 2nd to raise and appropriate the recommended amount. A resident asked why articles are back up after Town Meeting in March. Mr. Boothby explained that articles 2-7 had come back to Town Meeting because the State Department of Education had not supplied the figures prior to the March 2007 annual meeting as required by law. The amount of General Purpose Aid under the Essential Programs and Services funding model was approximately $70,000 less than had been anticipated at the March town meeting. The motion passed on a hand vote.

3.  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 $1,225,757.64 ). It was moved and 2nd to raise and appropriate the recommended amount. The motion passed on a hand vote.

4.  To see what sum the Town will authorize the School Committee to expend for school department capital improvements. (The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $0 ). It was moved and 2nd to raise and appropriate $0. The motion passed on a hand vote.

The figures contained in Articles 5 through 7 are estimates that may be amended at Town Meeting. These articles were prepared for publication prior to legislative action on funding for education .

5.  To see what sum the Town will appropriate for the school administrative unit's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten through grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the Town will raise as the Town's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

( The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend a total of $1,825,087.66 with a local contribution of $1,395,372.00 and a state contribution of $429,715.66).

Explanation: The school administrative unit's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.

It was moved and 2nd to appropriate recommended amounts. The motion passed on a hand vote of 64 to 0.

6.  To see what sum the Town will raise and appropriate in additional local funds, which exceeds the States Essential Programs and Services funding model.

(The School Committee recommends $133,046.86, which exceeds the States Essential Programs and Services funding model as enacted under LD #1 by $103,129.53, for the following reasons: the Essential Programs and Services funding formula, as implemented under LD #1, is structured to reward larger, more urban districts and penalize smaller and rural districts with the policy objective of persuading the smaller districts to consolidate. As student enrollment continues to remain static and/or decline, the formula will calculate lower EPS total allocations, requiring additional local support to provide educational programs. If local property valuations increase at a rate faster than the state average, this situation will only be made worse. The Budget Committee recommends $93,559.79, which exceeds the EPS funding model by $63,642.46. The difference between the two recommendations would be funded by anticipate balance forward from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.)

Explanation: The additional local funds are those that are locally raised funds over and above the school administrative unit's local contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and the local amounts raised for annual debt service payment on non-state-funded school construction projects or the non-state-funded portion of a school construction project that will help achieve the Town's budget for educational purposes.

It was moved and 2nd to pass article with the recommended amount from the School Committee. A Motion to change figure by splitting the difference between the school committee and budget committee recommendations failed for lack of a 2nd . There was a short discussion on anticipated school fund balance. A written vote passed the motion 68-4.

7.  Total Budget – ( A school administrative unit must include a summary article indicating the total annual budget for funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12. The amount recommended is the gross budget of the school department. This article doesn't 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, 2007 and ending June 30, 2008 from the school administrative unit's contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, local appropriations, state subsidy, and other receipts for the support of schools .

(The School Committee and Budget Committee recommend $2,153,895.32).

It was moved and 2nd to pass article as recommended. The motion passed on a counted hand vote of 66-0.

8.  To see what sum the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the design and construction of a salt/sand shed as part of the fiscal year 2007/08 budget. ( The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend : a total of $210,000.00; $55,000.00 to be appropriated from the Salt/Sand Shed Reserve, $115,000.00 to be appropriated from the Capital Improvements Fund, and $40,000.00 to be appropriated from Undesignated Fund Balance. ) It was moved and 2nd to pass the article as recommended. The motion passed on a hand vote.

9.  To see if the town will authorize expenditure of $36,000.00 in the 2006/07 budget on emergency road repairs, said funds to be appropriated from undesignated fund balance. ( The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend a vote in favor. The town has applied for disaster aid to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and expects to be reimbursed for 75% of these expenditures during the 2007/08 fiscal year). It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Motion passed on a hand vote.

10. To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate an additional $7,125 for the fiscal year 2007/08 road paving budget, all of said funds to be appropriated from undesignated fund balance. (The Selectmen and Budget Committee recommend a vote in favor). It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Motion passed on a hand vote.

11.  To see if the town will vote to establish a fund entitled “Veterans' Memorial Fund”, said fund being allowed to accept private donations and public appropriations for the purpose of constructing a public memorial within the Town of Lamoine to Veterans of the US Armed Services. It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Motion passed on a hand vote.

12.  To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen in consultation with the Veterans Memorial Committee to place a memorial to Veterans of the US Armed Services at the Lamoine Town Hall Property (Map 7 Lot 12, 606 Douglas Highway ) It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Motion passed on a hand vote.

13.  To see if the town will vote to appropriate from the Capital Improvements Fund the sum of $5,000.00 to be placed in the Veterans Memorial Fund established in article 11 above. (The Budget Committee recommends $5,000 from the Capital Improvements Fund) It was moved and 2nd to pass article as recommended. Motion passed on a hand vote.

14.  To see if the town will vote to approve a right-of-way over town owned property (Map 1 Lot 58) with Doug Gott & Sons, Inc., and discontinue a previously granted right-of-way on Map 1 Lot 58 as delineated on a map prepared by Herrick & Salsbury. A copy of this map is on file at the Lamoine Town Office. (The Selectmen recommend a vote in favor) . It was moved and 2nd to pass article as written. Motion passed on a hand vote.

There being no further business to conduct, Moderator Kelley declared the meeting adjourned at 8:11PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Jennifer Kovacs, Town Clerk