Meetings‎ > ‎

Town Meeting

posted Mar 7, 2016, 8:00 AM by Bonnie Lovell   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 7:45 AM ]
 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

MARCH 1, 2016

CTO: 7:05 P.M.

ATTENDANCE: Ronald Allaire, Wendy Bennett, Donna Bouthillier, Kyle Bouthillier, Michael Brisbin, Judith Conant, Shawn Conant, Guilbert Desrochers, Nancy Desrochers, Mary Fitch, Deborah Fogg, Stephen Fogg, Bruce Hobaugh, David Hodge, Elaine Hodge, Alan Ingerson, Marna Ingerson, Roger Irwin, Susan Irwin, Hanne Kistner, Robert Lancraft, Douglas Lord, Bonnie Lovell, David Lufkin, Kara Lufkin, Louise Lufkin, Bradley McVetty, Cheryl McVetty, Kathy Noyes, Michael Otis, John Perreault, Tina Perreault, Mary Richardson, Linda Sanborn, Stephen Sanborn, William Sanborn, and Laurie-Anne Snowman. Lyn Schmucker arrived after voting was over.  We had three guests: Representative Connie Quimby and her husband Bruce, and Superintendent of Schools, Michael Clark.

Moderator Shawn Conant’s opening remarks recognized that Town Meeting is one of the purest forms of democracy, purer that the Presidential primary elections that just closed. He expressed that we should be grateful we are allowed to address the Articles before us.

He also asked that the voters please stay after Town Meeting for the Annual Town School Meeting because of significant changes to the law included in the passing of Act 46 and Act 153.

ARTICLE 1: TO ELECT ALL TOWN OFFICERS AS REQUIRED BY LAW

MODERATOR: Susan Irwin, Town Clerk, opened the floor for nominations for Moderator.  Bruce Hobaugh nominated Shawn Conant.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Shawn Conant was elected for a 1-year term.

SELECTMAN: Susan Irwin nominated Shawn Conant.  David Hodge seconded the motion. Guilbert Desrochers nominated Kyle Bouthillier.  Laurie Anne seconded the motion.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken by paper ballot and there were 16 for Shawn Conant and 20 for Kyle Bouthillier electing Kyle Bouthillier to a 3-year term.

LISTER: Bonnie Lovell nominated Wendy Bennett to a 3-year term as Lister.  There being no other nominations Douglas Lord moved to have the Clerk cast one ballot for Wendy Bennett for a 3-year term as Lister. The motion carried and the Clerk cast 1 ballot for Wendy Bennett for a 3-year term as Lister.

CONSTABLE: Susan Irwin nominated Raymond Lovell.  There being no other nominations a vote was taken and Raymond Lovell was elected for a 1-year term as Constable.

DELINQUENT TAX COLLECTOR: Guilbert nominated Bonnie Lovell. There being no other nominations a vote was taken and Bonnie Lovell was elected for a 1-year term as Delinquent Tax Collector.

GRAND JUROR: It was noted that Bruce Hobaugh should have been listed as Grand Juror in the Annual Report instead of James Mazzonna.  Douglas Lord nominated Bruce Hobaugh.  There being no other nominations, a vote was taken and Bruce Hobaugh was elected Grand Juror for a 1-year term.

TOWN AGENT: It was noted that Bruce Hobaugh should have been listed as Town Agent in the Annual Report instead of James Mazzonna.  Douglas Lord nominated Bruce Hobaugh.  There being no other nominations, Bruce Hobaugh was elected as Town Agent for a 1-year term.

ARTICLE 2: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO COLLECT ITS 2016 TAXES UP TO AND INCLUDING OCTOBER 15TH AND PAY SAME TO TREASURER?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept the article as printed.  Guilbert Desrochers seconded the motion. There being no discussion a vote was taken and Article 2 passed. 

ARTICLE 3: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $5,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE “EQUIPMENT FUND”ACCOUNT?

Elaine Hodge asked what the Equipment Fund is for. After an explanation from Selectboard Member Bradley McVetty, Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 3 as printed.  There being no further discussion, Elaine Hodge seconded the motion, a vote was taken and Article 3 passed.

ARTICLE 4: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $3,500 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE “REAPPRAISAL AND MAINTENANCE OF THE GRAND LIST FUND”?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 4 as written.  Bonnie Lovell seconded the motion.  There being no discussion a vote was taken and Article 4 passed.

ARTICLE 5: SHALL THE TOWN APPROVE A $1,000 DONATION FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO THE MAIDSTONE LAKE ASSOCIATION TO HELP SUPPORT THE AQUATIC NUISANCE PREVENTION PROGRAM AT MAIDSTONE LAKE?

Guilbert Desrochers moved to accept Article 5 as written. Robert Lancraft seconded the motion. There being no discussion,  a vote was taken and Article 5 passed.

ARTICLE 6: SHALL THE TOWN TAKE $2,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE BOOK RESTORATION FUND?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 6 as printed.  There being no discussion, a vote was taken and Article 6 passed.

ARTICLE 7: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $50,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND PUT IT IN THE EARMARKED HIGHWAY FUND FOR “TOWN ROAD REBUILD PROJECT”?

Guilbert Desrochers moved to accept Article 7 as printed.  Bonnie Lovell seconded the motion. After some discussion a vote was taken and Article 7 passed.

ARTICLE 8: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO TAKE $50,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND APPLY IT TO THE AMOUNT TO BE RAISED TO PAY CURRENT EXPENSES AND APPROPRIATIONS AS REQUESTED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 8 as written.  Elaine Hodge seconded the motion.  Nancy Desrochers made a motion to amend Article 8 to read “Shall the town vote to take  $55,000 from the General Fund and use it to pay off the USDA Loan in order to avoid paying more interest.” Guilbert Desrochers seconded the motion. After some thought on the part of the Moderator to decide if this motion was close enough to the original motion that it could be considered, he decided that it was.  Someone asked about changing the amount of money from $50,000 to $55,000.  The Moderator explained that it was not an excessive deviation from the original amount and was therefore allowable. After more discussion on keeping the article as it was originally intended because if it had been warned as amended more people might have come to Town meeting to vote. A vote was taken on the amendment to the Article to read: “Shall the town vote to take  $55,000 from the general Fund and use it to pay off the USDA Loan in order to avoid paying more interest?” A vote was taken and the amendment to the motion was not passed.  A vote was then taken on the original main motion and Article 8 passed.

ARTICLE 9: SHALL THE TOWN RAISE $233,766.04 TO PAY CURRENT EXPENSES AND APPROPRIATIONS AS REQUESTED IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 9 as printed.  Bonnie Lovell seconded the motion a vote was taken and Article 9 passed.

ARTICLE 10: SHALL THE TOWN VOTE TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.?

Bruce Hobaugh moved to accept Article 10 as printed.  Bonnie Lovell seconded the motion, there being no discussion, a vote was held and the motion carried.

ARTICLE 11: TO TRANSACT ANY OTHER NONBINDING BUSINESS DEEMED NECESSARY AND PROPER WHEN MET.

Bruce Hobaugh explained that the new dates for the Planning/Zoning Board meetings are still on the second Tuesdays but the months have changed to March, June, September and December, and the meeting time has been changed to 7:00 p.m.

Guilbert Desrochers asked the Selectboard to review the proposed amendment to Article 8 and consider setting up a Special Town Meeting to address it.

ADJOURNMENT: Guilbert Desrochers moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m. Robert Lancraft seconded the motion and the motion carried.

Moderator Shawn Conant announced a 2 minute break between the Town Meeting and the resumption of the Annual School Meeting.

 

 

 

 

    
Comments