2017 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

TOWN OF CRANBERRY ISLES
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
THE WARRANT 2017

State of Maine
County of Hancock, §

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 Longfellow School, Great Cranberry Island, in said town, on the 11th day (Second Saturday) of March AD 2017 at 9:00 A.M. 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: $ 7,000

3. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will approve the use of the
Maine Municipal Association’s recommended Maine Moderator’s Manual “Rules
of Procedures” for the conduct of this Town Meeting.

4. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will approve opening the floor
of this Town Meeting to all non-registered persons for the purpose of discussion
only on each of the following articles of this 2017 warrant.

5. To elect by ballot a Selectman for the term of three years. (Term expiring: Florence J. Sprague)

Ballot: ____________________________ (term expiring 2020)

6. To vote compensation for all the Selectmen for the ensuing year.

Recommended: $ 8,000 for the chairperson, $ 7,500 for others.

7. To elect by ballot a Town Treasurer for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
Recommended: $ 10,000

8. To elect by ballot a Collector of Taxes and Collector of Excise Taxes for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
Recommended: $ 28,000

9. To elect by ballot a member of the Superintending School Committee for a term of three years. (Term expiring: Kelly Sanborn).

For information of the voters, the elected membership of this committee is:

Name Island Term expires
Kelly Sanborn, Chairman Great Cranberry 2017
Cari Alley Little Cranberry 2018
Amy Palmer Little Cranberry 2019

10. To elect by ballot a member of the Municipal Advisory Commission, which consists of seven elected volunteer property owners or registered voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles, who shall serve a period of three years each. (Term expiring: Ingrid Gaither).

For information of the voters: The elected membership of this Committee is:

Name Island Term expires
Ingrid Gaither, Chairman Great Cranberry 2017
Chris White Great Cranberry 2017
Karin Whitney Great Cranberry 2018
Joanne Thormann Little Cranberry 2018
Jasmine Samuel Little Cranberry 2019
Branden Stubbs Great Cranberry 2019
Nicholas Barton Great Cranberry 2019

Ballot: _________________________ (term expiring 2020)

11. To elect by ballot a member of the Municipal Advisory Commission, which consists of seven elected volunteer property owners or registered voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles, who shall serve a period of three years each. (Term expiring: Chris White).

Ballot: _________________________ (term expiring 2020)

12. To vote the hourly rate of pay for Town Officials and Employees

Recommended: $12 to $25, at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen, based on the type of work performed.

13. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to collect interest at the rate of seven percent (7%) APR on all 2017 taxes not paid by December 01, 2017. Municipalities may, by vote, determine the rate of interest that shall apply to taxes that become delinquent during taxable year 2017 until those taxes are paid in full. The maximum rate of interest that can be charged per Title 36, MRSA §505.4 is seven percent (7%) APR.

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

15. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Treasurer to expend funds in January 2018, February 2018, and March 2018 equal in aggregate to three twelfths (3/12ths) of the Operator’s Budget approved for the Year 2017. This authorization will permit the Treasurer to prepare Financial Warrants for approval by the Board of Selectmen, prepare checks, and legally pay bills pending approval of the entire Operations Budget by the Voters in March 2018.

CRANBERRY ISLES SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Articles

Note: Articles 16A through 16K authorize expenditures in cost center categories

Article 16A To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Regular Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $329,448
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $ 273,728

Article 16B To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Special Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 52,465
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $ 53,427

Article 16C To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.
School Committee recommends $ -0-
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $ -0-

Article 16D To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Other Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 14,705
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $10,505

Article 16E To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Student & Staff Support for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 24,838
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $ 24,469

Article 16F To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for System Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 17,131
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $16,084

Article 16G To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for School Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 34,027
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $34,383

Article 16H To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Transportation & Buses for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 52,000
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $47,600

Article 16I To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Facilities Maintenance for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 54,274
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $51,919

Article 16J To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 71,031
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $71,031

Article 16K To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ -0-
Note: 2016-17 Amount was $-0-

Note: Articles 16A – 16K authorize a total budget of $ 649,919
Note: 2016-17 Total Budget was $ 583,146

Hand Count Required

Note: Articles 16L, 16M & 16N raise funds for the Proposed School Budget

Article 16L To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will appropriate for the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act (Recommend $195,542) and to see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise as the Town’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688 for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 174,627

Explanation: The Town of Cranberry Isles’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.

Hand Count Required

Article 16M To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise and appropriate for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the legislative body for non-state-funded school construction projects, non-state funded portions of school construction projects and minor capital projects in addition to the funds appropriated as the local share of the Town of Cranberry Isles’ contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

School Committee recommends $ 71,031

Explanation: Non-state-funded debt service is the amount of money needed for the annual payments on the Town of Cranberry Isles’ long-term debt for major capital school construction projects and minor capital renovation projects that are not approved for state subsidy. The borrowing of this long-term debt was approved by the voters on March 15, 2014.

Written Ballot Vote Required

Article 16N To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise and appropriate in additional local funds for school purposes (Recommend: $294,317) for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by (Recommend: $289,956) as required to fund the budget recommended by the school committee.

The School Committee recommends $ 294,317 for additional local funds and gives the following reasons for exceeding the State’s Essential Programs and Services funding model by $ 289,956: The State funding model underestimates the actual costs to fully fund the 2017-2018 budget.

Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the Town of Cranberry Isles’s local contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and local amounts raised for the annual payment on non-state funded debt service that will help achieve the Town of Cranberry Isles’s budget for educational programs.

Note: Articles 16L, 16M & 16N raise a total town appropriation of $539,975
Note: 2016-17 Total Town Appropriation was $ 507,988

Hand Count Required

Note: Article 16O summarizes the proposed school budget and does not authorize any additional expenditures

Article 16O 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, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018 from the Town’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

School Committee recommends $ 649,919
Note: 2016-17 Total Budget was $583,146

Article 16P In addition to the amount in Articles 16A – 16O, shall the School Committee be authorized to expend such other sums as may be received from federal or state grants or programs or other sources during the fiscal year 2017-2018 for school purposes provided that such grants, programs or other sources do not require the expenditure of other funds not previously appropriated?

Current Year Totals: $ 24,941 School Committee recommends passage.

Article 16Q To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the school committee to have the Ashley Bryan School remain open for the 2017-18 school year with an unknown projected enrollment.

School Committee recommends passage.

Article 16R To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the
school committee to have the Longfellow School remain open for the 2017-2018 school year with a projected enrollment of approximately ten
students.

School Committee recommends passage.

17. Shall an ordinance entitled “Land Use and Shoreland Zoning Ordinance March 11, 2017” be enacted?

Note: Passage of this Ordinance would repeal the “Land Use Ordinance for the Shorelands of the Town of Cranberry Isles, Hancock County, Maine” enacted on March 10, 2012.

18. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate and expend up to forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00) for the construction of a septic system and bathroom on Town property on Islesford for the municipal garage that houses the Islesford Volunteer Fire Dept. and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

19. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will appropriate and authorize the Municipal Officers to expend up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) toward the cost of restoring and renovating the Spurling Point Cemetery on Great Cranberry Island.

20. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to borrow funds in the original principal amount of up to six hundred and seventy-two thousand dollars ($672,000.00) for the extension of the Islesford Town Dock, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the borrowed funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

21. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate twenty-four thousand dollars ($24,000.00) for the purchase and installation of hoists for the Islesford and Great Cranberry Town Docks, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

22. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to borrow funds in the original principal amount of up to
One-hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00) for the construction of a town office addition to the Islesford Fire Station, Maple Avenue and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

24. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate and expend up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) for capital expenditure to pave Dog Point Road on Great Cranberry Island, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

25. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to enter into a purchase and sales agreement for the purpose of selling the building and land (0.65 ac) at 15 Mansell lane, Southwest Harbor (SWH Tax Map 17 Lot 112) and do all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

Note: Prior to offering the property for sale, The Town will seek any necessary approvals from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to sell the property pursuant to all applicable rules and conditions related to the municipal bond that the Town used to purchase this property with the Manset property.

26. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to borrow funds in the original principal amount of up to one million two hundred thousand dollars ($1,200,000.00) to build a fiber network for Little Cranberry, Great Cranberry and Suttons Island in order to provide long-term internet broadband services, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into agreements, necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

Note: This project would be done in 2 phases over 2 years (2017 & 2018). The initial phase would be fiber build-out and a microwave backhaul on Islesford that would be completed by October 2017. The second phase of fiber build-out would be Great Cranberry and Suttons Island in 2018. Borrowing would take place over 2 years to cover costs for each phase. It is anticipated that a substantial portion of both phases would be paid for with grants from federal, state and private non-profits sources, such as USDA, Norther Boarders and ConnectME. Due to the poor level of existing service, or lack of it, the Town is in very good shape for getting grants. Any internet service provider we partner with would be asked to also pay for some of the upgrades. For the 2017 Islesford project, the Town would likely have to initially borrow funds to start the project this summer. Some grant funding (USDA grant for example) could be used to offset or reimburse for those costs. The more grant funding we receive, the less borrowing the Town will have to do.
27. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to partner with an internet service provider in order to build a fiber network for Little Cranberry, Great Cranberry and Sutton Island that would provide long-term internet broadband services for the whole community, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to award and enter into agreements, necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the town, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

Note: This article will show community support for partnering with an internet service provider to develop broadband internet infrastructure for the Town that would provide the whole community with improved internet services using the next generation of technology such as fiber connections.

28. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to make application for and execute any documents related to grant funding for the development of a municipal broadband services network for Cranberry Isles, and to accept said funds if awarded and authorize their expenditure for the purposes specified in the grants.

29. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to enter into a six (6) month lease agreement in 2017 with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland, Maine for use of the church land on Joy Road in Northeast Harbor, Maine, for parking of residents of, and visitors to, the Cranberry Isles.

30. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the
Municipal Officers to appropriate and expend up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to hire a consultant to assess and evaluate the electrical power and
telephone lines and poles on Great Cranberry Island, Little Cranberry Island and Sutton Island, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into necessary contracts on behalf of the Town, expend the funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this article.

Note: The results of the survey will be given to the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Emera Maine and Fairpoint in order to begin a process of getting old and outdated infrastructure upgraded for the Town.

31. Future Town Meeting

To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next
annual Town Meeting in 2018, on 10, March 2018 at the Islesford Neighborhood
House, Islesford, Maine and to open the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

32. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to increase the property tax levy limit of one million, seven hundred and seven thousand, five hundred and ninety-six dollars ($1,707,596.) established for the Town of Cranberry Isles 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.

33. 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 Operations Budget.
Each department shall be voted on separately:

2017 TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET RECOMMENDED DEPT. TOTAL

Dept. 51 – General Government 327,140.00 (2016 328,685)
Town Office: Rent & Utilities 16,540
Office Supplies & Postage 5,500
Administrative Expenses 10,000
Insurance 7,000
Legal 25,000
Accounting 10,000
Web Site 2,000
Selectmen Compensation 23,000
Contingency Fund 20,000
Printing 3,500
Treasurer / Tax Collector / Clerk 45,000
Elections 1,000
HCPC Dues 650
HCPC LUZO Assistance 3,000
Tax Assessor 28,000
Administrative Assistant 47,850
Deputy Clerk / Treasurer 18,000
Public Safety Coordinator 28,100
Payroll Taxes 16,000
Employee Health Benefits 20,000

Dept. 52 – Public Safety 194,025
(2016 354,300)
Fire Dept. Zone 1 (GCI)
Utilities 2,700
Heating Oil 5,000
Gasoline 400
Insurance 7,000
Community Safety Program 1,000
Training 1,000
Equipment 5,000
Tests 4,000
Maintenance 3,500
Cascade Air 20,000
Travel 1,000
Ambulance Bay Upgrade 6,000

Fire Dept. Zone 2 (Islesford)
Utilities 1,200
Equipment 10,000
Maintenance 3,500
Tests 4,275
Heating Oil 5,000
Gasoline 400
Insurance 8,000
Training 1,000
Cascade Air 10,000
Septic 40,000
Travel 1,000

Fire Dept. Zone 3 (Sutton)
Equipment 2,000

C.I. Rescue Service
Little Cranberry Island
Ambulance 1,000
Supplies 2,200
Stipend 2,500
Training 500
Insurance 1,000
EMS Conference 4,500
Great Cranberry Island
Ambulance 500
Supplies 2,200
Stipend 2,000
Training 500
Insurance 1,000
EMS Conference 2,300
911 Services 1,100
Streetlights 5,500
Utilities Assessment 10,000
Animal Control Officer 1,000
Equipment 500
Training 500
Constable
Compensation 5,000
Admin. Expense 500
Harbormaster 2,000
Fire Warden Training 750
Insurance 4,000

Dept. 53 – Health & Sanitation 129,010 (2016 110,150)
Solid Waste
Sutton 6,500
Contracts 85,000
Metal 1,200
Tipping Fees 14,000
Hazardous Waste 4,000
Capital Improvements 500
Permits 850
Electricity 800
CEO / Plumbing Inspector 12,750
General Assistance 2,000
Supplies 750
Health Officer 800

Dept. 54 – Public Transportation 155,618 (2016 190,300)
Town Roads
Maintenance 50,000
Snow Removal
Compensation 5,000
Salt / Sand 8,000
GCI Contract 17,000
Town Truck
Gas 1,000
Insurance 800
Garage Heating Oil 1,800
Garage Maintenance 4,200
Commuter Service
Winter 54,818
Summer 13,000

Dept. 55 – Schools 649,919
(2016 583,146)

Dept. 56 – Donations 22,800(2016 22,800)

GCI Library 4,000 Islesford Library 4,000
GCI Community Center 3,000
Islesford Neighborhood House 3,000
Cranberry House 3,000
Island Explorer 500
NEH Library 300
NEH Ambulance 1,000
Life Flight 2,000
Human Service Donations 500
C.I. Education Fund (scholarship) 1,000

Dept. 57 – Debt Service 369,375(2016 355,211)

SWH Parking – Taxable Bond 45,705
SWH Parking – Tax Exempt Bond 130,580
LCI Municipal Garage 22,610
LCI Roads Capital 13,000
LCI Pumper Truck 10,985
LCI Attacker Truck 25,460
GCI Fire Truck 39,535
County Tax 81,500

Dept. 58 - Municipal Facilities 2,280,510 (2016 290,725)
Teleconference 400
NEH Parking Lot
Snow Removal 3,800
Lease 40,850
Joy Road Parking Lot
Insurance 750
Lease 4,000
Manset Parking Lot
Grounds 4,000
Maint. & Improvements 4,000
Snow Removal 2,000
Insurance 3,200
SWH Property Tax 22,000
Enforcement 6,500
Warehouse / Apartment
Utilities 2,700
Insurance 2,000
Mansell Road Building
Insurance 1,000
Grounds 1,200
Snow Removal 1,000
SWH Property Tax 5,200
Restrooms
Maint. & Improvements 1,500
Cleaning 10,810
Supplies 800
Wharves / Floats / Ramps
Electricity 2,000
Maintenance - Sutton 50,000
Moorings 9,000
Insurance 6,400
Contracts 36,600
LCI Dock Extension 672,000
Hoists 24,000
Manset Supplies 500
Town Land
Cemeteries 5,500
Town Office 150,000
LCI Town Field 3,000
Internet 1,200,000

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR TOWN OPERATIONS= $ 4,128,397

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
APPLIED RESOURCES
Loans: 2,022,000
Estimated General Fund Receipts: 188,946
School Dept. (State Subsidies and Misc.): 109,944

Commuter Service Subsidy: 22,000

Property Taxes (2017): 1,785,507

TOTAL= $ 4,128,397

Given under our hand and Town seal this 7th day of February, 2017.

**ORIGINAL DOCUMENT IS SIGNED BY:

__________________________________________
Richard F. Beal, Chairman

__________________________________________
Florence Joy Sprague

__________________________________________ Malcolm Fernald

Attest: I, Denise McCormick, Clerk of the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine do hereby attest and certify this document to be a true copy of the Warrant 2017 to be placed before the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles on 11 March 2017.

__________________________________________
Denise McCormick

NOTICE

The Registrar of Voters, Denise McCormick, gives notice that she will be in the Cranberry Isles Town Office, 16 Maple Avenue, Islesford, Maine on the 8th,
9th, and 10th of March 2017 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., and at the Longfellow School on the day of the meeting, March 11, at 8:45 A.M. for the purpose of correcting the list of voters for said Town.

*All new voter registrations must provide proof of identification and proof of residency.