2014 Annual Town Report

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TOWN OF BOWDOINHAM

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT

 

Sagadahoc, ss                                                                                                                         State of Maine

 

To: Linda Jariz, a resident of the Town of Bowdoinham, in said County of Sagadahoc, State of Maine

 

GREETINGS:   In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Bowdoinham, in said County, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to assemble at the Bowdoinham Town Hall on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. then and there to act on Article 1 as set out below.

 

And, to notify and warn said inhabitants to meet at the Bowdoinham Community School in said town on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., then and there to act on Articles 2 through 39 as set out below:

 

 

ARTICLE 1:  To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.

 

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ORDINANCE

 

ARTICLE 2:  Shall the ordinance entitled, “An Ordinance to Amend the Town of Bowdoinham Land Use Ordinance to Add and Revise Definitions, Revise Terminology Regarding Non-Conforming Buildings, Add Provisions Regarding Junkyards and Automobile Graveyards, Establish Procedures for Setback Determinations by the Planning Board, and to Clarify Licensing Procedures for the Board of Selectmen” be enacted?

 

Copies of the proposed amendments are available from the Town Clerk.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Planning Board recommend this article to pass.

 

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COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

 

ARTICLE 3:  Shall the Town adopt a new Comprehensive Plan entitled, “Town of Bowdoinham Comprehensive Plan, April 2014, Approved for June 11, 2014 Town Meeting Warrant,” which will repeal and replace the existing Comprehensive Plan, adopted by the Town on November 1, 2000?

 

Copies of the proposed comprehensive plan are available from the Town Clerk.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends this article to pass.

 

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TAX INCREMENT FINANCING

 

ARTICLE 4:   Shall the voters of the Town of Bowdoinham designate a municipal tax increment financing district pursuant to Title 30-A, Chapter 206 of the Maine Revised Statutes to be known as the “Town of Bowdoinham CMP/Riverfront Municipal Development and Tax Increment Financing District” (“the District”) in accordance with the resolution approved by the Select Board on March 25, 2014 attached hereto, and adopt the Development Program for such District as presented to the Town Meeting?

 

 

Description:

 

The proposed Town of Bowdoinham CMP/Riverfront Municipal Development and Tax Increment Financing District (“the District”) would consist of 110.07 acres located in two distinct tracts, one near Main St. and the other near Brown’s Point Road, as depicted in the map of the District. The development program for the District proposes to provide financial support to a number of Town economic development projects and programs. The percentage of new taxes to be captured by the Town if the proposed 20-year program is approved is 100% for years 1-20.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

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EXPENSE BUDGET ARTICLES

 

(All recommendations for the Expense Budget Articles are joint unanimous recommendations of the Select Board and the Finance Advisory Committee.)

 

ARTICLE 5:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Administrative Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:   $ 379,444.00

 

ARTICLE 6:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for General Services Budget.

 

                            RECOMMENDATION:  $  29,500.00

 

ARTICLE 7:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for Debt Services Budget.

 

                            RECOMMENDATION:  $ 244,057.00

 

ARTICLE 8:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Fire Department Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $   72,530.00

 

ARTICLE 9:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Town Maintenance Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $   81,735.00

 

ARTICLE 10:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Animal Control Budget/Harbor Master Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $  17,054.00

 

ARTICLE 11: To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Budget.

 

                         RECOMMENDATION:  $   20,804.00

 

ARTICLE 12:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Public Works Department Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $ 394,096.00

 

ARTICLE 13:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Solid Waste & Recycling Department Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  177,982.00

 

ARTICLE 14: To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Recreation Budget.

 

                           RECOMMENDATION:  $  45,402.00

 

ARTICLE 15:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Planning/Code Enforcement Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  73,766.00

 

ARTICLE 16:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Contingency Budget.

 

                          RECOMMENDATION:  $  10,000.00

 

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OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION REQUESTS

 

ARTICLE 17:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative (BCDI).

 

RECOMMENDATION:  The Select Board (Vote: 4 – 1 ) and Finance Advisory Committee (Vote: 5 – 0) recommends $5,000.00

 

ARTICLE 18:  To see what sum of money the Town will vote to raise and/or appropriate for the Merrymeeting Arts Center.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  The Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee unanimously recommends $5,000.00

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PROPERTY TAX LEVY LIMIT

ARTICLE 19:  To see if the Town will vote to increase the property tax levy limit of $699,180 established for Bowdoinham by State law in the event the municipal budget approved under the preceding articles will result in a tax commitment that is greater than that property tax levy limit.

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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REVENUE BUDGET ARTICLE

 

ARTICLE 20:  Shall the Town appropriate the sum of $697,162.00 from the Estimated Revenues Account (Non-Property Tax Revenues) to be applied to reduce the 2015 tax rate?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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FUND BALANCE ARTICLE

 

ARTICLE 21:  Shall the Town appropriate the sum of $75,000 from the Undesignated Fund Balance to be applied to reduce the 2015 tax rate?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board and Finance Advisory Committee recommend the article to pass.

 

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BUSINESS ARTICLES

 

ARTICLE 22:  Shall the Town vote to fix the fifteenth day of October 2014 and the fifteenth day of April 2015 when all 2015 real estate and personal property taxes shall be due and payable in semi-annual installments and to instruct the Tax Collector to charge interest at 7.00% per annum on all taxes unpaid after said date(s)?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 23:  To see if the Town will vote to establish the interest rate of 3% per year on the amount of overpayment to be paid to a taxpayer who is determined to have paid an amount of real estate or personal property taxes in excess of amount finally assessed pursuant to 36 M.R.S. §506-A.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 24:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Tax Collector to accept tax payments prior to the commitment of taxes. 

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 25: Shall the Town vote to authorize the Tax Collector to offer a 2015 Tax Club Plan to taxpayers who enroll no later than July 31, 2014, who pay the total amount of 2015 taxes by monthly payments from July 2014 to June 30, 2015; who abide by the requirements of said plan; who shall receive from the Town, in return for such payments, full credit for such taxes paid without incurring any charge of interest?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 26: Shall the Town authorize the payment of any overdrafts that may occur in the Town’s 2014 budget to be paid out of the fund balance?

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to spend funds from various reserve funds, as they deem necessary, in a manner that is consistent with the purposes for which said funds were established?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 28:  To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to accept on behalf of the Town, monetary gifts, and to appropriate said gifts to supplement the accounts specified by the benefactor.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 29:  To see if the Town will authorize the following actions on behalf of the town: (1) to authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to rent, lease, sell, or otherwise dispose of any real estate acquired by the town for non-payment of taxes thereon on such terms as they deem advisable and execute Municipal Quit Claim deeds for same; (2) to  authorize the Select Board to keep any real estate acquired for non-payment of taxes or portion thereof for the use of the town when they deem it to be in the town’s best interests; and (3) to authorize the Select Board to rent or lease town-owned real estate that was not acquired for non-payment of taxes when they deem it to be in the town’s best interest and on such terms as they deem advisable.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 30:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the municipal Treasurer to waive the foreclosure of a tax lien mortgage by recording a Waiver of Foreclosure at the Registry of Deeds in which the Tax Lien Certificate is recorded, prior to the right of redemption expiring, pursuant to 36 M.R.S. § 944.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 31: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board and Treasurer, on behalf of the Town to sell or dispose of obsolete Town equipment, material and commodities on such terms as they deem proper.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 32:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board to accept any donations, gifts or grants of money for the Heating Assistance Program reserve account and to expend available funds from the account for the designated purpose.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 33:  To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to enter into multi-year contracts necessary to provide services to the Town. 

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass. Services for the town include but are not limited to ambulance service, banking, road maintenance, snow removal, curbside recycling and rubbish disposal. 

 

ARTICLE 34:  Shall the Town authorize the Select Board to enter into an interlocal agreement with the municipalities of Gardiner, Richmond, and Topsham to facilitate the planning, construction and maintenance of a regional multi-user trail known as the Merrymeeting Trail, pursuant to the Maine Interlocal Cooperation Act, 30-A M.R.S. § 2201-2208?

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 35:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board and Treasurer to accept and expend Community Development Block Grant Funds and other federal, state or private grants on behalf of the Town. 

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 36:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board to annually set fees for returned checks, copies of Town ordinances and other documents, and notary services.

 

RECOMMENDATION:  Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 37: To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to collect Solid Waste Management User Fees for FY 2014/2015 at the rate of $2.50 per bag.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 38:  To see if the Town will vote to approve the recommendations of the Select Board to set the annual permit fee, pursuant to the provisions of 7.1.1 of the Solid Waste Management Ordinance, for commercial haulers operating within the Town of Bowdoinham. 

 

RECOMMENDATION: The Select Board’s recommendation is for a $150.00 fee per year, per truck for trucks with up to and including six (6) wheels; a fee of $250.00 per year, per truck for trucks with more than six (6) wheels. Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

ARTICLE 39:  To see if the Town will authorize the Select Board to close any road or roads or portions thereof for winter maintenance and to annul, alter, or modify such decisions, pursuant to 23 M.R.S. §2953, and that such orders made by the Select Board shall be a final determination.

 

RECOMMENDATION: Select Board recommends the article to pass.

 

Given unto our hands the 6th day of May, 2014.

 

Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board

                                                            

Brian Hobart, Chair

                                                                                                Witness to All:

M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice-Chair                                              William S. Post. Town Manager

                                                          

Wendy Cunningham

                                                    

Kathleen Gallant

 

Douglas Tourtelotte

 

ATTEST: A true copy of the 2014 Annual Town Meeting Warrant as certified to me by the Municipal Officers of Bowdoinham on this sixth day of May A.D., 2014.

 

Pamela Ross                                             

Town Clerk