Troy town warrant passes with only minor amendments

By Ben Holbrook | Mar 26, 2014

Troy — Approximately 30 people attended Troy's annual town meeting where residents approved a 26-article warrant that included the final payment of a 10-year road bond.

Article 9 asked residents if they would vote to raise and appropriate $32,024 from surplus and $51,476 from other revenues to make the final $83,500 payment on the town's road bond. During discussion on the article, the selectmen explained the roads are typically one of the largest expenses for the town.

Because of the cost of paving roads, the selectmen said there is a possibility the town may look at turning some of the existing roads back to gravel. They also said they are looking at holding informational meetings at a future date to discuss the issue of the roads in the town.

Residents then voted to pass the article as read.

Voters also approved raising and appropriating $223,000 by taxation and other revenues and appropriating $2,000 from surplus to fund public works. Those funds include money for road improvements, road maintenance and winter road maintenance.

Town officials noted the funding for public works includes money to replenish the salt and sand supply.

When residents began discussion on Article 12, which asked voters if they would raise and appropriate $8,720 by taxation and other revenues to fund cemeteries, town Sexton Ron Cropley encouraged residents to file a report if they see or hear anyone driving around in the cemetery on an ATV or in a Jeep.

In September 2013, someone drove into Webster Cemetery and tore up sod and damaged the property.

Before residents voted to approve the funding, the selectmen said they want to do some work on the Webster Cemetery access road to allow vehicles without four wheel drive to access the property.

A request from area organizations for funding from the town elicited a fair amount of discussion, as residents questioned how town officials determined how much money should be given. The organizations requesting funding included Belfast Area Childcare, New Hope for Women, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area; Mid Coast Community Action; Broadreach; and Spectrum Generations for a total of $2,385.

However, the budget committee and selectmen recommended total funding of $1,400.

One resident asked how the budget committee and selectmen decide how much money each organization should get, noting Spectrum Generations, which offers services to the elderly, would receive only $150 of its $450 request.

The selectmen explained the approach to deciding how much money each organization receives is proportional to the services provided. As an example, the selectmen said Spectrum Generations provided service mainly through the meals on wheels program.

On the other hand, Broadreach provides social services, childcare and helps residents fill out heating assistance applications. Resident and RSU 3 board member Rachel Katz also pointed out that Broadreach provides a pre-kindergarten program in Unity that serves Troy.

Town officials said they would like to put together a small team of residents that would help guide the budget committee on making funding recommendations for the agencies.

Residents voted in favor of providing $1,400 to the agencies.

One of the few articles amended by residents during the two-and-one-half-hour meeting was Article 25, which established the interest rate that is charged on delinquent taxes. Residents motioned to amend the state recommended interest rate of 7 percent and lower it to 4 percent, which voters approved.

Election results:

Selectman — Richard P. Montana

Trustee of the Forest Area — Steven Piper

 

 

 

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