Town of Greene

Annual Town Meeting Minutes

March 4 & 5, 2011

 

Charles Noonan, Town Clerk, read the greeting to the 2011 Town Meeting Warrant.

 

Article 1:  Daniel Moreau, nominated, elected on three written ballots for Moderator. Oath on file.

Article 2:  Board of Selectmen 2 three (3) year positions – includes Assessor and Overseer of Poor Positions

                                Mark Christman  60 votes  oath on file.

Anthony Reny 55 votes oath on file.

                  RSU 52/MSAD 52 School Board Director three (3) year term

                                Jon Woodard 61 votes oath on file.

Article 3:  Ella Augusta Thompson Committee member 2 three (3) year term. Nominated and elected by hand vote from floor. 

                                Donald Rose and Ellen Wood oaths on file.

Article 4:  Julia Adams Morse Library Committee Member 5 year term. Nominated and elected by hand vote from floor. 

                                Patricia Rose oath on file.

     : Budget Committee for 1 year term. Nominated and elected by hand vote from floor.

                                Timothy Doyle                                  Holly Ewing                                       

Steve Goulet                                    Maurice Levasseur

                                Daniel Moreau                                  Phillippe Moreau

                                Alden Peterson                                                Brenda Theriualt

                                Bruce Tufts

 

 

Article 6 : Voted by hand vote from the floor to authorize the Municipal; Officers to spend an amount not to exceed 3/12ths of the budgeted amount in each budget category of the 2011 annual budgets, except Road Maintenance and Administrative Expense, during the period from January 1, 2012 to the 2012 annual town meeting. The Public Works/road Maintenance and Administrative Expense Budgets can be expended up to 6/12ths during the period from January 1, 2012 to the 2012 annual town meeting.

Article 7:  Voted by hand vote from the floor to set June 20, 2011 as date of commitment for Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes.

Article 8:  Voted by hand vote from the floor to allow a discount of 5% on real estate and personal property taxes paid in full thirty days (30) days from the date of tax commitment, ending July 20, 2011 at 4:30 PM EST. (Postmarks will not be accepted) to the Tax collector.

Article 9:  Voted by hand vote from the floor to set a date of September 19, 2011 and time 8:00 pm est  (Postmarks will not be accepted) and  7% per annum interest rate charged on real estate and personal property taxes unpaid  after said date.

Article 10:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Selectman on behalf of the Town to sell and dispose of any real estate acquired from nonpayment of taxes, the Selectman may sell at a public auction or by sealed bids after advertising for 30 days on Channel 7 and in the newspaper(s) with option for the owner to quick claim deed for payment on all back taxes, interest and costs due prior to date of advertising.

Article 11:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Selectmen to dispose of any Town owned personal property with a value of $2,000.00 or less after advertising on Channel 7 and in location of public notice posting.

Article 12:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the tax collector or treasurer to accept prepayment of taxes not yet committed, pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. ss 506 and to pay no interest on such prepayments.

Article 13:  Voted by hand vote to set 2% rate of interest for overpayment of Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes.

Article 14:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate from overlay those funds needed to pay tax abatements and applicable interest granted during this fiscal year.

Article 15:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate dollars out of the money received from the registration of snowmobiles to the Greene Dragons Snowmobile Club for purpose of maintaining their snowmobile trails, which are open to the public at all times, and to authorize the Municipal Officers to enter into an  agreement with the Club, under conditions that Municipal Officers may deem advisable, for the purpose, to whatever type of vehicle the landowner will allow on his property.

Article 16:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $220,428.00 Administrative Wages Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 17:  Voted  by hand vote to appropriate $135,100.00 for Employee Expense/Benefit Account for the ensuing year.

Article 18:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $146,050.00 for Administrative Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 19:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $156,000.00 for Tax Discount Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 20:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Selectmen to overdraft the Tax Discount Expense Account as needed, with funds coming from Overlay.

Article 21:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $2,000.00 for Emergency Management Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 22:  Vote by hand vote to appropriate not to exceed $345,000.00 for a new fire truck (Raise $ 67,000.00; fire truck reserve 2011 appropriationn $45,000.00 and from Fire Truck Reserve $ 233,605.00) . Note there was discussion

Article 23:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $113,200.00 for Fire Protection Expense account for the ensuing year.

Article 24:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $ 45,000.00 for Fire Truck Capital Reserve Account for the ensuing year.

Article 25:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Selectmen on behalf of the Town to sell and or dispose of any Greene Volunteer Fire Department miscellaneous equipment. All proceeds shall be deposited into the Greene Volunteer Fire Department Benevolent Fund.

Article 26:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Selectmen on behalf of the Town to sell and or trade any Greene Volunteer Fire Department vehicles toward replacement vehicles. All proceeds from the sale shall be deposited into the Fire Truck Capital reserve Fund.

Article 27:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $6,250.00 for Street Lights for the ensuing year.

Article 28:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $ 12,235.00 for Animal Control Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 29:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $8,495.00 for Greene Youth Athletics Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 30:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $275,000.00 for Road Construction and Paving Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 31:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $ 422,024.00 for Public Works Road Maintenance Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 32:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $1,600.00 for Planning Board Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 33:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $317,769.00 for County Tax Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 34:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $400.00 for Appeals Board Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 35:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $5,750.00 for General Assistance Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 36:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $1,475.00  for Conversation Commission Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 37:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $13,200.00 for Parks and Recreation Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 38:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $2,000.00 for Sabattus Lake Dam Commission Expense Account for the ensuing year. Note: this will be disbursed if Wales and Sabattus vote to pay their share.

Article 39:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $3,000.00 for Cemetery Care Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 40:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $900.00 for Greene Economic and Community Development Group Account for the ensuing year.

Article 41:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $202,650.00 for Transfer Station Operational Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 42:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $ 160,349.00 for Debt Service Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 43:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $7,650.00 for charitable Expense Account for the ensuing year.

Article 44:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $6,000.00 for purchasing books for Julia Adams Morse Library for the ensuing year.

Article 45:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $ 46,485.00 for operations of the Julia Adams Morse Library for the ensuing year.

Article 46:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate$25,000.00 for the Capital Reserve Account  for the ensuing year.

 

Article 47:  Voted by hand vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to expend up to $15,000.00 from Surplus for the purpose of replacing malfunctioning waste water disposal systems pursuant to 30-A MRSA 83438 and Dangerous Buildings pursuant to Title 17 s.s. 285.1, but only after the Selectmen have exhausted all other avenues of funding. Any funds expended from surplus Funds should be recovered by a special tax against any real estate as provided in 30-A MRSA s.s. 3428 940(4)(B) and title 17 s.s. 2853. Any such tax will be liened against real estate and interest will be charged at the annual rate, 60 days after commitment of said tax. A strict accounting will be maintained at the Town Office.

Article 48:  Vote by hand vote to transfer Overlay and Excise Tax Balances after year end to Surplus.

Article 49:  Voted by hand vote to Lapse year end balances to Surplus except those covered by State Law.

Article 50:  Voted by hand vote to allow the Selectmen to use the Capital reserve Accounts to meet the town’s financial obligations should it become necessary in anticipation of taxes and to return the funds once the taxes are collected.

Article 51: Voted by hand vote to use $1,279,804.00 to reduce the total commitment.

                Excise Tax                                           $   62,500.00

                Highway block grant                       $   60,000.00

                Revenue Sharing                             $ 220,000.00

                Projected Income                            $ 135,000.00

                Fire Dept Bldg Fund                        $   10,349.00

                Undesignated Surplus                   $ 175,000.00

                Designated Surplus                        $ 273,460.00

                                Julia Adams Morse Library Reserve         $ 30,000.00

                                Allen Pond Reserve                                        $    7,455.00

                                Fire Truck Reserve Account                         $ 233,605.00

                                Greene Village Day Reserve                       $    2,000.00

Article 52:  Voted by hand vote  to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the Towns of Leeds, Turner and Wales for providing local access television (WGLT TV7) to these communities.

 

 

Article 53:  Voted by hand vote to accept funds from the Federal and State Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement of various cost associated with storm damage and to transfer those funds to the accounts in which they were expended during the year in which they were expended, or to deposit those funds to Surplus if expended in previous years.

Article 54:   Vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to borrow funds in anticipation of taxes and to pay the interest associated with such borrowing from overlay.

Article 55:  Voted by hand vote to appropriate $2,000.00 for Greene Village Celebration .

Article 56:  Voted by hand vote to amend Chapter 5-102.11H; 5-301.1A, and 5-301.1.A.4 of the Greene Land Use Ordinance.

Article 57:  Voted by hand vote to adopt “Flea Market Ordinance”.

Article 58: Voted by hand vote (yes 25 no 23) to adopt “Mass Gathering Ordinance”. Note there was discussion of Board of Selectmen granting permit timeline; this will be changed at a public hearing and voted for the amendment at a Special Town Meeting in the near future.

Voted by hand vote for the motion and second to adjourn the Town Meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 10:48AM.

There were 77 registered voters signed in to vote during the 2011 Annual Town Meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Sally Ann Hebert

Deputy Town Clerk