WARRANT ARTICLES

FOR  ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 2013

JUNE 15, 2013

MINUTES

 

 

 

PENOBSCOT, SS, TOWN OF STETSON, STATE OF MAINE

 

TO:  CATHERINE FISHER, a resident of the Town of Stetson, in the County of Penobscot.

            In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Stetson, in said County, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at the STETSON MEETING HOUSE in said Town, on the 11th day of June 2013, at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. then and there to act on Articles numbered 1 through 2.

            And to notify and warn said voters to meet at the STETSON MEETING HOUSE IN SAID Town on the 15th day of June, 2013 at 10 a.m. then and there to act on Articles numbered 3 thru 21, all Articles being set out below, to wit:

 

 

ARTICLE  1:

            TO CHOOSE A MODERATOR TO PRESIDE AT SAID TOWN MEETING.

Motioned, seconded, and passed to Elect Bonnie Cyr as Moderator and Bonnie will assign Al Tempesta as Deputy Moderator to preside over Town Meeting.

 

ARTICLE  2:

            TO ELECT ALL DESIGNATED TOWN OFFICERS.

Elected: Brenda Clark and Priscilla Dorman to the 3 year term of Selectmen, Hal Hand to the one year term of Selectmen, Jessica Verrill to the 3 year term of School Board, and William Barriault as Road Commissioner.

 

ARTCILE  3:

            TO CHOOSE TRUSTEES OF THE  MEETING HOUSE.

Motioned, seconded, and passed to appoint Theresa Gray, Sandra Lovejoy, Constance Merrill, and Janet Rush as the Meeting Trustees.

 

ARTICLE  4:

            TO CHOOSE A SEXTON.

Motioned, seconded, and passed to appoint Alan Lord as Sexton

 

ARTICLE  5:

            TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO FIX  DATES(S) WHEN TAXES      

            SHALL BE DUE AND PAYABLE, AND TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL FIX A        

            RATE OF INTEREST TO BE CHARGED ON TAXES UNPAID AFTER SAID     

            DATE(S), OR ACT ON ANYTHING RELATED THERETO:

Recommended by Selectmen:  Interest at the rate of 7.00% per annum be charged beginning November 15, 2013 on one half the tax unpaid and May 15, 2014 on all taxes unpaid.

 

Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE  6:

TO SEE WHAT SUM IF ANY THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO PAY INTEREST ON OVERPAYMENTS OF TAXES FROM THE DATE OF OVERPAYMENT.

Recommended by Selectmen:  Interest b e paid on overpayment of taxes at the rate of 0% per annum, from the date of overpayment.

 

Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

                       

ARTICLE  7:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO HAVE THE LIST OF VALUATIONS PRINTED IN THE TOWN REPORT.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  No Recommendation.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE  8:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THE SELECTMEN, ON BEHALF OF THE TOWN, TO SELL OR DISPOSE OF ANY REAL ESTATE ACQUIRED BY THE TOWN BY VIRTUE OF FORECLOSED TAX LIEN MORTGAGES, ON SUCH TERMS AS THEY DEEM ADVISABLE AND EXECUTE QUIT CLAIM DEEDS FOR SUCH PROPERTY.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  The Selectmen be so authorized.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE  9:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THE SELECTMEN TO ACCEPT CEMETERY TRUST FUNDS.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  The Selectmen be so authorized.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE  10:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THE SELECTMEN, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, TO DISPOSE OF MUNICIPAL SURPLUS OR OUT DATED EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS, AND PROPERTY, THE VALUE OF WHICH, PER ITEM, WOULD NOT EXCEED $1,000.00 (one thousand dollars.)

            Recommended by Selectmen:  The Selectmen be so authorized.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

ARTICLE  11:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO ACCEPT FUNDS TO REDUCE THE TOWN’S 2014 FY TAX COMMITMENT.

Recommended by Selectmen:  The following anticipated revenue be accepted to reduce the 2014 FY Tax Commitment.

 

 

 

 

REVENUE BUDGET

SOURCE                               12 AUDITED        13 UNAUDITED         14 ESTIMATED

Excise                                             180,804                150,000                       140,000

Int. & Penalties                                  9,828                  10,000                           5,000

License & Permits                              3,157                    5,000                           3,000

Revenue Sharing                              63,383                  50,000                         50,000

Highway Grant                                32,040                  30,000                         30,000          

Homestead Reimbursement             13,534                  18,000                        18,000

Tree Growth & Veterans Reimb.     10,354                    5,000                           5,000

Donations                                          1,595                           0                                  0

Interest                                                           1,833                           0                                  0

Sale of Property                                      0                             0                                  0   

Miscellanious                                   30,657                  10,000                          10,000

Town Cemeteries                               4,000                   4,000                            4,000

TOTALS                                        351,185               282,000                       265,000

 

Motioned, seconded, and passed to accept $265,000 to reduce the 2014 FY Tax Commitment.

 

ARTICLE 12:

TO SEE WHAT SUM, IF ANY, THE TOWN WILL AUTHORIZE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  $1,000.00

 

Motioned, seconded, and passed to accept as written.

 

ARTICLE  13:

TO SEE WHAT SUM OF MONEY THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO RAISE AND/OR APPROPRIATE FOR THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  The proposed budget for 2014 FY be raised and or appropriated  in the amount of $536,627.00 (excluding education, county tax)

 

ACCOUNT                                   CARRY     BUDGET 12   BUDGET 13  PROPOSED 14        

1                    SALARIES                                                    104,500         114,500         117,050

2                    TOWN CHARGE                                58,000           58,000         58,000

3                    TOWN OFFICE BUILDING                16,000           16,000 $12,000 moved to #13

Motioned, seconded, passed to amend  #3  from $12,000 to $7,000

4                    PLANNING BOARD                                500                500              500

5                    TOWN MEETING HOUSE                      7,000           8,000           8,000

6                    TOWN MTG. HSE CAP. IMPROV X             0           1,000                  0

7                    ASSESSING                                         11,500    moved to salaries    1,500

8                    FIRE DEPARTMENT                           19,500            20,500       22,000

9                    FIRE TRUCK MAINT. RESERVE  X             0                     0               0

10                ST. LIGHTS                                            3,000            3,000           3,000

11                E.M.S.                                                     4,300            4,255           4,250

12                ANIMAL CONTROL                             3,000            3,000           3,000

13                FIRE STATION LIB./COMPLEX         10,000           10,000        22,000

14                SOCIAL AGENCY SUPPORT                1,500            1,500           1,500

15         SCHOLARSHIPS                                   1,000               1,000        1,000            

16        BOYS / GIRLS STATE                              275               275              275

17        TOWN ROAD MAINTENANCE            70,000        95,000     new article          

18        SNOW / ICE CONTROL                        140,000    155,000         163,000

19         LAKE ROADS                                             0                   0                  0

20        TOWN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS   X    75,000        110,000  Town Meeting vote             

Motioned, seconded, and passed to appropriate $50,000 from the Undesignated Fund for Town Road Improvements.   

21        SALT / SAND SHED OPERATIONS        1,000           1,000        1,000

22        SOLID WASTE RESERVE              X              0               0                   0

23        WASTE COLLECT / RECYCLE             85,000        85,000         85,000

24        HEALTH & WELFARE                            5,000          5,000           5,000

25         PARKS & RECREATION  Note Art #19      4,200         4,200           4,200

26         STETSON DAYS RESERVE           X        1,000       1,000           1,000

27         LIBRARY                                                 3,000         3,500           3,500

28         LAKE PROPERTY RESERVE        X            0                 0                   0

29         CEMETERIES                                         7,000          7,000           7,000*

30         LEGAL FEES                                          5,000          5,000           5,000

31         UPPER DAM                                              200            200               200

32          CONTINGENCY                                    2,000          2,000           2,000

33         NEWSLETTER                                        1,200          1,200           1,200

34        CLEANING SERVICES                           5,000          5,000           5,000

                              Motioned, seconded, and passed to amend $5,000 to $1,500.

35        CAPITAL RESERVE                     X                0               0                   0

36        SALT & SAND SHED PAYMENT                     11,456           11,454            11,452

TOTAL MUNICIPAL                         644,675       691,630          578,127

Motioned, seconded, and passed to amend Municipal Total To $578,127 with $50,000 coming from the Undesignated Fund.

37      EDUCATION                                        627,562       738,508        780,543

38      COUNTY TAX                                         96,504         95,671          96,443

39      FIRE TRUCK PAYMENT                        18,075         18,075            0(paid in full)

 

X = CARRY FORWARD

Motioned, seconded, and passed to raise and appropriate $780,543 for Education, and $96,443 for Country Tax.

 

  • Note:  Cemeteries #29 above:  $3,000 appropriated, and $4,000 from the Cemeteries Trust account for a total of $7,000.

 

 

 

ARTICLE  14:

            TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO RAISE AND APPROPRIATE $70,000 FOR TOWN ROAD MAINTENANCE.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  To accept as written.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed to accept as Written.

 

ARTICLE  15:

TO SEE WHAT COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID FOR LABOR, EQUIPMENT, AND MATERIALS TO BE USED ON PUBLIC ROADS, OR ACT ON ANYTHING RELATED THERETO.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  The rate of compensation be set at state rates.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE 16:

TO SEE WHAT SUM IF ANY THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THE SELECTMEN TO TRANSFER FROM THE UNDESIGNATED ACCOUNT TO RATIFY THE OVERDRAFTS  FROM THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNTS:

Recommended by Selectmen:  $36,565.00

 

ACCOUNT                                        OVERDRAFT  AMOUNT

SALARIES                                                    $   399.00

            TOWN MEETINGHOUSE                           $5,367.00  (fuel)

            ANIMAL CONTROL                                               $   116.00

            FIRE DEPARTMENT                                   $1,021.00 (transfer from Maint Res. Acct)

            TOWN ROAD MAINT.                                $   133.00

            DEBT SERVICE                                         $29,529.00 (salt & sand shed payrment       

                                                                                                       $11,454 & Fire Truck

                                                                                                                  Payment $18,075)

 

                        TOTAL OVERDRAFT                   $36,565.00

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed to accept as Written.

 

ARTICLE 17:

TO SEE  IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO INCREASE THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY LIMIT OF $254,400 ESTABLISHED FOR STETSON BY STATE LAW IN THE EVENT THAT THE MUNICIPALITY  APPROVED IN THE PRECEEDING ARTICLES RESULTS IN A TAX COMMITMENT THAT IS GREATER THAN THAT OF THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY LIMIT.

            Recommended by Selectmen:  To accept as written.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 18:

TO SEE WHAT LEVEL, IF ANY, THE TOWN WILL AUTHORIZE THE SELECTMEN TO MAINTAIN PUBLIC EASEMENTS UTILIZING THE TOWN ROAD MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT.

Recommended by Selectmen:  Same level as previous years.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE 19:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO DESIGNATE THE PARKS AND RECREATION BUDGET AS A NON- LAPSING ACCOUNT.

Recommended by Selectmen:  To accept as written.

 

            Motioned, seconded, and passed as Written.

 

ARTICLE 20:

TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO DESIGNATE THE EMS BUDGET AS A NON- LAPSING ACCOUNT.

Recommended by Selectmen:  To accept as written.

 

Motioned, seconded, and passed to pass over Article #20 as it is a duplicate of Article #19.

 

ARTICLE 21:

            TO SEE IF THE TOWN WILL VOTE TO ESTABLISH A NON-LAPSING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT RESERVE ACCOUNT TO FINANCE THE REPAIRS OR BUILDING OF A TOWN OFFICE AND TO SEE WHAT SUM THE VOTERS WILL VOTE TO RAISE AND APPROPRIATE FOR THIS ACCOUNT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013.

            Recommended by Selectmen:   Not to Pass.

            Noted that information sheets of Committee recommendations were available

Motioned, seconded, and passed to not establish a Non-Lapsing Capital Improvement Reserve Account and to Raise and Appropriate $0.

 

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Dated:             6/26/2013

Municipal Officers:

 

Donald Carroll_____________________________________________

 

Brenda Clark______________________________________________

 

George Hockstadter________________________________________

 

Charles Leighton___________________________________________

 

Danny Withee_____________________________________________

A True Attested Copy:  Clerk of Stetson        Diane Lacadie _____________________