Town meeting 2014

Town seeks funds for plow truck, revaluation, reinstatement of cut positions

RSU 20 director steps down, selectmen to appoint new representative
By Tanya Mitchell | May 14, 2014
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Stockton Springs — Residents will be asked to weigh in on a variety of issues at the annual town meeting, with two requests carrying price tags of $100,000 or more.

The Stockton Springs town meeting is set for Saturday, June 14, at 9 a.m. The meeting will take place at Stockton Springs Elementary School.

Stockton Springs Town Manager Rich Couch said Tuesday, May 13 that one article will seek funds to secure a new plow truck at a cost of about $140,000.

The second big ticket item on the warrant, said Couch, will ask voters if they wish to move ahead with a town-wide property revaluation. If residents there choose to do so, Couch said, that project would cost about $100,000.

Residents will also weigh in on whether to reinstate positions that were either cut altogether or those on the town payroll who had their hours cut last year.

"That's when we thought we were losing the [state] revenue sharing altogether," said Couch.

Those particular articles will ask townspeople to return a grounds care position that was cut from the budget last year, as well as increase the combined hours of the clerk and deputy town clerk back to 50 hours per week. Last year, Couch said, residents agreed to reduce the hours of those positions to a combined 42 hours per week.

In the municipal elections, which are scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. at the Town Office, Couch said three residents will seek re-election. Leslie Cosmano is running for a second term on the board of selectmen, and Couch said longtime Fire Chief Harry Patterson Jr. is running unopposed to retain that post. Regional School Unit 20 Director Denise Dakin also intends to run for another term on the school board.

Couch said selectmen plan to appoint a new RSU 20 director to fill an unexpired term at the regular meeting Thursday night, May 15, as former Stockton Springs representative Sharon Catus recently stepped down from her position on the board.

Couch said the selectmen would typically appoint someone to fill an unexpired term until the next municipal election. In this case, the elections are just around the corner, making it difficult for anyone interested in the job to get out petitions and return the paperwork to the Town Office in time to get on the ballot. Because of that time crunch, Couch said the person selected to fill Catus' position will be appointed until June 2015.

Catus could not be reached for a comment about her time on the RSU 20 board Tuesday morning, May 13.

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