Town meeting round-up

By Staff | Feb 26, 2013

Waldo County — BELMONT

Elections: From the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect the selectmen and fire chief.

Town meeting: Monday, March 18 at the municipal building at 7:30 p.m.

BROOKS

Elections: From the floor.

Incumbent selectman Mike Switzer is up for re-election this year, and voters will be asked to elect a road commissioner, fire chief and to fill vacancies on some town boards.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 16 at Morse Memorial School at 1 p.m.

Aside from the overall budget, voters will decide whether to borrow money to fund the construction of a salt and sand shed in town.

BURNHAM

Elections: Friday, March 15, at the Burnham Municipal Building, 247 S. Horseback Road. Polls open from 2 to 5 p.m.

Voters will be asked to elect either Anne Goodblood or George Robison as Selectmen and either Roger W. Huff or R. Charles King as Highway Commissioner. There is a vacancy for a Regional School Unit 53 representative and two open seats on the Cemetery Committee. Arlene Miles is running unopposed for Treasurer.

The voters will also be asked to approve one of the following questions:

Question 1: "Shall the former Burnham Village School be sold as is in the same manner as tax acquired property for no less than the amount of $50,000?"

Question 2: "Shall the former Burnham Village School become the Town Office and Community Center?"

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 16, at the Burnham Municipal Building, 247 S. Horseback Road, beginning at 1 p.m.

Aside from the overall budget, if voters decide to convert the former Burnham Village School to the new Town Office, they will be asked to decide how much funding to approve to relocate the Town Office.

FRANKFORT

Elections: Thursday, March 28 at Frankfort Elementary School. Polls open 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Incumbent Evelyn Adams will be running unopposed to retain her seat on the Board of Selectmen, and voters will also be asked to elect a road commissioner and an emergency management director. Voters will also be asked if they favor joining Hampden-based Regional School Unit 22 as part of the town's ongoing efforts to withdraw from Regional School Unit 20.

Town meeting: Friday, March 29 at Frankfort Elementary School at 7 p.m.

Town Clerk Heather McLaughlin said the main issue voters will contend with this year would likely be the overall budget.

FREEDOM

Elections: Friday, March 8, at the Town Office. Polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ron Price is running unopposed for one open seat on the Board of Selectmen. Voters will also elect the Town Clerk, Tax Collector, Excise Tax Collector and Treasurer. All are running unopposed.

Voters will also consider two ordinance changes:

Article 3: "Shall an ordinance entitled Freedom Commercial Development Review Ordinance be enacted?"

Article 4: "Shall an ordinance entitled Town of Freedom Wind Turbine Ordinance be enacted?"

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 9, at the Freedom Grange Hall beginning at 10 a.m.

ISLESBORO

Town meeting: Saturday, May 4 at the Kinnicut Center at 9 a.m.

JACKSON

Elections: From the floor.

Selectman John work is up for re-elections this year but it remains unclear whether he will seek re-election or if any other resident will challenge work for the position. In addition, Don Nickerson is up for re-election as fire chief.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 16 at the Jackson Community Center at 9:30 a.m.

The warrant contains an article seeking permission for the town to lease space in the Jackson Community Building to the Jackson Food Pantry.

KNOX

Elections: Friday, March 15 at the Knox Town Office. Polls open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to elect a first selectman, road commissioner, assessor and overseer of the poor.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 16 at Knox Town Office at 10 a.m.

Aside from the overall budget, voters will decide if the town will accept credit card payments.

LIBERTY

Elections: From the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect a first selectman and the town clerk.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 23, at the Walker School at 9 a.m.

LINCOLNVILLE

Town meeting: Saturday, June 15 at Lincolnville Central School at 10 a.m.

MONROE

Town meeting: The meeting is in June; time, date and location TBA

MONTVILLE

Elections: From the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect three selectmen, three Planning Board members, two Budget Committee members, Treasurer, Tax collector and Town Clerk.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 30, at the Town House, 420 Center Road, Montville, beginning at 10 a.m.

Aside from the overall budget, voters will consider a town use policy on buildings.

MORRILL

Elections: From the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect a second selectman.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 16 at the Community Center at 9:30 a.m.

NORTHPORT

Town meeting: Monday, June 3 at the Blue Goose at 7 p.m.

PALERMO

Elections: Friday, March 8, at the Palermo Town Office. Polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to elect either Paul Cowing or Cheryl York as Selectperson.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 9, in the gym of the Palermo Consolidated School, beginning at 9 a.m.

Aside from approving the overall budget, voters will be asked to approve $15,000 in expenditures to explore withdrawing from Regional School Unit 12.

PROSPECT

Elections: Friday, March 29 at the Prospect Town Office. Polls open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Diane Terry will run for re-election on the Board of Selectmen.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 30 at the Prospect Fire Station at 9 a.m.

Town Clerk Lisa Donna said the warrant looks routine this year, with the municipal budget being the biggest issue residents will consider this year.

SEARSMONT

Town meeting: Saturday, April 6 at the Searsmont Community Building, lower level, at 9 a.m.

SEARSPORT

Elections: Tuesday, March 5 at the Dan Rich Public Safety Building. Polls open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Residents Meredith Ares and Travis Otis are running for one vacancy on the Board of Selectmen as current board member Roland LaReau opted not to run for re-election. Percey King is running unopposed to retain his seat on the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors, and residents will also vote to fill vacancies on the budget advisory committee.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 9 at Searsport District High School at 9 a.m.

Town Manager James Gillway said there will be several items of interest on the warrant this year, including an article that will seek funding for the proposed replacement of the North Fire Station on Mt Ephraim Road. According to archives, the proposed project could carry a price tag of more than $700,000. Gillway said that article was added to the warrant this year because when voters approved a request from the town to purchase the parcel intended for the new station in 2011, the approval was contingent on the town returning with a proposal for a new building within the next two years. In the event that voters reject the funding for the new building, Gillway said the next article will seek permission from voters to keep the land for future use instead of putting it up for sale. Other articles Gillway said would likely generate discussion is an article requesting funding to complete repairs to the 2005 ambulance and to appropriate money to be used as a match for a Small Harbor Improvement Program grant aimed at repairing the town wharf. In addition, voters will be asked to approve spending up to $850 to create a replica of the town's original World War II monument.

STOCKTON SPRINGS

Town meeting: The meeting is in June; date, time and location TBA

SWANVILLE

Elections: Friday, March 8 at Swanville Town Office. Polls open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Bob Bernosky is running against resident Brett Armstrong Sr. to retain his seat on the Board of Selectmen. An open seat on the planning board will be filled by way of a write-in as there is no one running for the position. Real Estate Tax Collector Laurie Johnson is running unopposed this year, as is Helen Christianson, who is running for re-election as the town clerk, excise tax collector and treasurer.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 9 at the Kermit Nickerson School at 10 a.m.

The road budget is expected to generate a fair amount of discussion at this year's town meeting.

THORNDIKE

Elections: Nominations from the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect new members to the Board of Selectmen.

Town Meeting: March 16, at the Thorndike Town Office, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

TROY

Elections: Friday, March 22, at the Troy Elementary School. Polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to elect one Selectman, the Trustee of the Forest Area and a Representative to Regional School Unit 3.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 23, at the Troy Elementary School, beginning at 9 a.m.

UNITY

Elections: Friday, March 29, Unity Elementary School. Polls open noon to 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to vote on one Selectman seat.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 30, Unity Elementary School gym, beginning at 10 a.m.

Aside from the overall budget, voters will be asked to approve borrowing $250,000 to construct a Unity Town Office building.

WALDO

Elections: Elections will be done from the floor.

Voters will be asked to elect a third Selectman.

Town Meeting: Saturday, March 30, at the Town Office at 9:30 a.m. A breakfast meeting will take place prior to the town meeting beginning at 8 a.m.

WINTERPORT

Town meeting: The meeting is in June; date, time and location TBA

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