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The Town Warrant, 2002

I am sending along the Warrant 2002 which is the basis for our annual Town Meeting.  It is to be posted per law prior to the meeting and this year the other Selectmen agreed with me that perhaps many of the non-voter tax payers (summer people) might also like to see what the various articles are all about and if they have an input might send them along to me at rfbeal@acadia.net.

Thanks much,
Richard Beal



TOWN OF CRANBERRY ISLES
Annual Town Meeting
THE WARRANT 2002


State of Maine
County of Hancock, ss.

To: A Constable of the Town of Cranberry Isles, in said County

GREETINGS:
In the name of the State of Maine you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Cranberry Isles, qualified to vote in Town affairs to meet at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Little Cranberry Island, in said Town on the 11th day (Second Monday) of March AD 2002, at 08:30 AM to act on the following articles, to wit:

ARTICLE:

1. To elect by ballot a moderator to preside at said meeting.

2. To elect by ballot a Town Clerk for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
Recommended: $2,800 (1000 hours/year or $2.80/hour)
Proposed increase of $600.

3. To elect by ballot a Selectman for a term of three years.

4. To vote compensation for all Selectmen for the ensuing year.
Recommended: $1,700 for the chairman, $1,400 for others.
No change from 2001.

5. To elect by ballot a Treasurer for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
Recommended: $4,000 (500 hours/year or $8.00/hour)
Proposed increase of $500.

6. To elect by ballot a Collector of Taxes and Collector of Excise Taxes for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
Recommended: 2.5% of taxes, 7% of excise taxes

7. To elect by ballot a member of the Superintending School Committee for a term of three years.

8. To vote the hourly rate of pay for Town officials and employees.
Recommended: $12.00 to $20.00 at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen for the work performed.
No change from last year.

9. To vote the hourly rate of pay for snow removal employees.
Recommended: $15.00
No change from last year.

10. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to collect interest at the rate of 6.75 % (six and three quarters percent) on all taxes not paid by December 1, 2002.  Municipalities may, by vote, determine the rate of interest that shall apply to taxes that become delinquent during taxable year 2002 until those taxes are paid in full.  The maximum rate of interest that can be charged per Title 36, M.R.S.A. Section 505.4 is 6.75%.

11. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to allow a 2% (two percent) discount on all taxes for 2002 which are paid in full within 30 days of the date shown on the original bill as submitted by the Tax Collector.

12. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen to sell and dispose of all titles held by the Town on such terms and conditions as they deem advisable.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.

13. The time of required easement having expired, to see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen to remove a Septic System Construction Easement, dated 4 August 1989, from the Ada & Charles Rice property, recorded in Book 644, Page 538 of the Hancock County Registry of Deeds on 31 August 1989.  This property has been subsequently sold to Thomas P. and Leslie Watson of 33 Golf Road, Wethersfield, CT 06109 and is represented on Town maps as Map 10 Lot 27.

14. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to appropriate the sum of $5000.00 to be placed in escrow for three years by the Town Treasurer for the removal from the islands of motor vehicles that in the determination of the Selectmen have been junked or abandoned.  The Selectmen may draw upon these funds as necessary to collect, transport, and dispose of these vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes, as amended.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.

15. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer to transfer, on a continuing annual basis, the sum of $1,500 from annual excise tax collections to a separate account called "Motor Vehicle Statute Enforcement"; and that these funds may be dispersed by the Selectmen to various County and State law enforcement agencies for payment of their services in coming to the islands for the purpose of motor vehicle law enforcement.

16. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen to dispose of Town owned personal property with a value of $2,500 or less under such terms and conditions as they deem advisable.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.

17. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen to advertise and sell to the highest offeror two adjoining parcels of land located on Great Cranberry Island, to wit: Parcel 1: formerly George J. Joy, Bk 243, Pg 483 amounting to .37+/- acres, and Parcel 2: formerly Orrington W. Spurling, Bk 213, Pg 33 amounting to .69 +/- acres.  Such authorization by the voters includes permission to seek legal advise on creation of a Town Deed of Ownership, since these properties have been off the tax rolls for more than 100 years, and survivorship by any relatives of the last recorded owners is unknown.  All net funds gained from this sale are to be applied to the Waste Disposal Account.

18. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to sign a lease agreement with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland, Maine for use of Church owned land on Joy Road in Northeast Harbor for parking by residents of and visitors to the Cranberry Isles.

19. Schools:

Article I.
To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2002, and ending on June 30, 2003 from the foundation allocation, debt service allocation, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, local appropriations, state subsidy, and other receipts for the support of schools.

School Committee recommends $345,738

Article II.
To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will appropriate from the foundation allocation for school purposes [Recommended $132,101] and to see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise as the local share of the foundation allocation for the period July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003.

School Committee recommends $124,601

Article III.
To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise in additional local funds for school purposes for the period July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003.

School Committee recommends $92,305

Articles II and III will raise the local share $216,906

Article IV.
In addition to the amount in Article I, shall the Town appropriate and authorize the School Committee to expend additional state, federal and other funds received during the fiscal year 2002-2003 for school purposes, provided that such additional funds do not require the expenditure of local funds not previously appropriated?

Funds received during the current year: $2,862
School Committee recommends passage.

Article VI.
To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to have the Islesford School remain open for the 2002-2003 school year with a projected enrollment of approximately eleven students.

School Committee recommends passage.

Article VII.
To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to have the Longfellow School on Great Cranberry remain open for the 2002-2003 school year with an unknown projected enrollment.

School Committee recommends passage.


20. To elect by ballot a member of the Shellfish Conservation Committee to serve for a period of three years.

21. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize for the expenses of one part-time shellfish warden on Great Cranberry and one part time shellfish warden on Islesford.

Recommend: $1,200

22. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to join with other communities in support of the Island Explorer transportation bus system, and if so, the sum to be appropriated.

Recommend: $1000

23. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will (1) appropriate the sum of $20,000 for Year 2002 to be added to funds already held in escrow for construction of sand/salt storage buildings on Great Cranberry and Islesford, and (2) authorize the Selectmen to build sand/salt storage buildings on Great Cranberry and Islesford islands.

24. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to appropriate the sum of $15,000 to be placed in escrow for the purchase in mid-2003 of a truck, plow and sanding equipment for use on Great Cranberry Island.

25. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen to appoint a five member "Ordinance Writing Committee", consisting of a chairman and four other individuals, for the purpose of drafting a new ordinance which would require all persons bringing a motor vehicle onto Great Cranberry or Islesford Islands to first have a "Vehicle Importation Permit", the fee being $125.00 or some agreed upon amount, which would be held in escrow by the Town until the vehicle is permanently removed from the islands, whereafter it would be returned to the owner.  Failure to properly remove or disposed of subject motor vehicle would forfeit the permit fee.

26. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to appoint a "Mosquito Control Committee", to include a Chairman and four members for a total of five individuals, for the purpose of assessing the severity of mosquito infestation within the Town, and investigating methods for mosquito population control, with a report back to the Town.  This board will be authorized to expend not more than $500 for administrative expenses related to their research and investigation.

27. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to accept a donation from the Great Cranberry Futures Group of Great Cranberry Island for an additional finger float at Great Cranberry Island wharf.  This finger float would be of similar size and construction to those currently utilized at Great Cranberry.

28. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to accept a donation of materials and labor from the Great Cranberry Futures Group of Great Cranberry Island for improvements to the Great Cranberry public restroom facility at the town parking lot.  If the vote is in the affirmative, will the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles vote to match with one dollar ($1.00) every two dollars ($2.00) donated by the Great Cranberry Futures Group to a total which does not exceed $2000 in Town funds; such Town funds to come from the Town Operating Budget Line called "Public Facility Maintenance, Great Cranberry."

29. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sign an interlocal agreement for the purpose of becoming a member of the Acadia Disposal District.  The Acadia Disposal district is a non-profit, non-taxable quasi-municipal corporation with the purpose of promoting cooperative and coordinated action on the entire waste disposal needs of the member communities on a fair and equitable basis.  Each member town will have one voting director forming a board of directors that will manage this corporation.

30. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to raise and appropriate for start-up money and operating funds for the Town's share of the Acadia Disposal District for the year 2002 - such funds not to exceed $3,000 for the total of both items and to be charged against the Town's Operating Budget called "Solid Waste."  Distribution of expenses will be based on the number of tons of waste delivered to PERC the preceding year from each member town.

31. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to accept a donation of funds, now and for all future donations, from Theodore L. Spurling, Sr. and Dale Hadlock, and thereafter have the Town serve as trustee for the Hadlock / Stanley Cemetery Trust Fund.  The Hadlock / Stanley Cemetery is located on Little Cranberry Island.

32. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to have the Town Treasurer place any funds, collected for Islesford Wharf Repairs Bond payment (principal & interest) and not used in Year 2002, into an escrow account for use in Year 2003, thereby reducing Year 2003 collections.

33. Shall the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen, on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles, to join with other participating municipal and quasi-municipal employers to group self-insure for the provision of worker's compensation benefits, as authorized by 39-A M.R.S.A. Section 403, said group to be known as the "Maine Municipal Association Workers' Compensation Fund" (fund); and for that purpose and in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements among participating employers, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a Fund Indemnity Agreement on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles and take whatever other actions may be necessary.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.

34. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer to expend funds in January 2003, February 2003, and March 2003 equal in the aggregate to 3/12th of the Operations Budget approved for the Year 2002.  This authorization will permit the Treasurer to prepare Financial Warrants for approval by the Board of Selectmen, prepare checks and pay bills legally pending approval of the entire Operations Budget by the voters in March 2003.

35. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next annual Town Meeting at the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island, and to open the meeting at 08:45 AM.

36. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to raise and appropriate for each function of Town operations as shown in the Town Operations Budget.  Each function shall be voted upon separately:

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
Estimated Costs
FunctionAppropriation
Administration$21,000
Town Clerk and Elections$4,900
Treasurer and Tax Collector$23,000
Assessor$14,000
Wharf Repair Bond (Principal & Interest Year 2002)$66,350
Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing Inspector$5,500
Planning Board$2,000
Streetlights$6,000
Constable, Animal Control, Harbormaster$2,500
Medicare, and FICA (Town Share)$4,200
Health and General Assistance$2,400
Grants to Human Service Organizations,
Qualified in the judgement of the Selectmen
$2,000
Public Facility Maintenance, Great Cranberry$5,500
Public Facility Maintenance, Islesford$5,500
Insurance$10,000
Volunteer fire department ($1500 Islesford & Gt Cranberry)$3,000
Retirement obligation$500
Solid Waste$75,000
Wharves, general maintenance$45,000
Town truck repairs$1,000
Truck, plow reserve account$15,000
Snow removal$17,500
Roads, general maintenance and repaving$80,000
Garages$1,500
New town garage building fund$20,000
Motor Vehicle Disposal Program$5,000
Grants to Libraries:
  Northeast Harbor$300
  Islesford$2,000
  Great Cranberry$2,000
Grant to Northeast Harbor Ambulance Fund$1,000
Grant to Town of Mount Desert for services rendered$1,500
Grant to Island Explorer Bus$1,000
Shellfish Wardens$1,200
Contingencies to supplement, at Selectmen's discretion$10,000
Total appropriation for Town Operations:$457,350

25. To see what resources the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to apply to pay for the appropriations for Town Operations.

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
Applied Resources

RESOURCE AMOUNT
Appropriation from General Funds$50,000
Estimated General Fund receipts$20,000
Sub total$70,000
From property taxes and state revenue sharing:
  Town Ops
$387,350
  School Dept.$238,774
Total estimated resource to be applied to:
  Town Operations
$457,350
  School Operations$345,738
Total:$803,088

[Year 2001 Combined Total: $698,542]

The Registrar of Voters gives notice that she will be in session for the purpose of correcting the list of voters in said Town, and hearing and deciding on applications of those claiming the right to have their names on said list, at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Little Cranberry Island at 08:00 AM on the day of said meeting.

Given under our hands and Town Seal this 8th day of February, 2002.

________________________ David Stainton, Chairman
_________________________Richard F. Beal
_________________________Denise McCormack
Selectmen of Cranberry Isles

A true copy of the Warrant
ATTEST
CONSTABLE'S RETURN

Pursuant to this Warrant to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein expressed, to assemble at said time and place, and for the purpose expressed, by posting copies of this Warrant at:

a. General Store and Post Office, Islesford
b. General Store, Great Cranberry
c. Post Office Great Cranberry

The same being public and conspicuous places in said Town, on the _____ day of ___________, 2002, being at least seven days before the meeting.

_______________________ Richard F. Beal
Constable

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