2016 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT

TOWN OF CRANBERRY ISLES
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
THE WARRANT 2016

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 Islesford Neighborhood House, in said town, on the 12th day (Second Saturday) of March AD 2016 at 8:30 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 Note: 2015 Amount was $ 6,825

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 2016 warrant.

5. To elect by ballot a Selectman for the term of three years. (Term expiring: Richard Beal)

Ballot: ____________________________ (term expiring 2019)

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

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

Note: No change from 2015

7. To elect by ballot a Town Treasurer for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.

Recommended: $ 10,000 Note: 2015 Amount was $ 9,975

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 Note: 2015 Amount was $ 25,725

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

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 2016

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: Ronald Axelrod).

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

Name Island Term expires
Cory Duggan, Chairman Little Cranberry 2016
Ronald Axelrod Little Cranberry 2016
Jasmine Samuel Little Cranberry 2016
Ingrid Gaither Great Cranberry 2017
Karin Whitney Great Cranberry 2018
Joanne Thormann Little Cranberry 2018
Chris White Great Cranberry 2016

Ballot: _________________________ (term expiring 2019)

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: Cory Duggan).

Ballot: _________________________ (term expiring 2019)

12. 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 2019)

13. 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: Jasmine Samuel who was appointed to replace Katelyn Damon, whose term would have expired in 2017).

Ballot: _________________________ (term expiring 2017)

14. 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. Note: no change from 2015

15. 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 2016 taxes not paid by December 01, 2016. Municipalities may, by vote, determine the rate of interest that shall apply to taxes that become delinquent during taxable year 2016 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.

16. 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.

17. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Treasurer to expend funds in January 2017, February 2017, and March 2017 equal in aggregate to three twelfths (3/12ths) of the Operator’s Budget approved for the Year 2016. 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 2017.

SCHOOLS (18A – 18R)

CRANBERRY ISLES SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Note: Articles 18A through 18K authorize expenditures in cost center categories
18A. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Regular Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 273,728
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 274,541

18B. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Special Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 53,427
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 48,838

18C. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.
School Committee recommends $ -0-
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ -0-

18D. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Other Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 10,505
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 6,969

18E. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Student & Staff Support for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 24,469
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 23,826

18F. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for System Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 16,084
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 14,631

18G. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for School Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 34,383
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 33,010

18H. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Transportation & Buses for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 47,600
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 42,950

18I. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Facilities Maintenance for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 51,919
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $87,555

18J. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 71,031
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ 71,031

18K. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017.
School Committee recommends $ -0-
Note: 2015-16 Amount was $ -0-

Note: Articles 18A – 18K authorize a total budget of $ 583,146
Note: 2015-16 Total Budget was $ 603,351

Hand Count Required

Note: Articles 18L, 18M & 18N raise funds for the Proposed School Budget

18L. 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
$ 145,080) 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, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

School Committee recommends $ 131,603

Explanation: The Town of Cranberry Isles’ 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

18M. 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, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

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

18N. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise and appropriate in additional local funds for school purposes (Recommend:
$ 305,354) for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by (Recommend:
$ 302,085) as required to fund the budget recommended by the school committee.

The School Committee recommends $ 305,354 for additional local funds and gives the following reasons for exceeding the State’s Essential Programs and Services funding model by $ 302,085: The State funding model underestimates the actual costs to fully fund the 2016-2017 budget.

Explanation: The additional local funds are those locally raised funds over and above the Town of Cranberry Isles’ 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’ budget for educational programs.

Note: Articles 18L, 18M & 18N raise a total town appropriation of $ 507,988
Note: 2015-16 Total Town Appropriation was $ 521,222

Hand Count Required

Note: Article 18O summarizes the proposed school budget and does not authorize any additional expenditures

18O. 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, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017 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 $ 583,146
Note: 2015-16 Total Budget was $ 603,351

18P. In addition to the amount in Articles 18A – 18O, 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 2016-2017 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: $ 18,489 School Committee recommends passage.

18Q. 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 2016- 2017 school year with an unknown projected enrollment.

School Committee recommends passage.

18R. 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 2016-2017 school year with a projected enrollment of approximately seventeen
students.
School Committee recommends passage.

19. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate and expend up to sixty-seven thousand seven hundred dollars ($ 67,700.00) to continue the Cranberry Isles Commuter Ferry Service, a portion of which will be funded by Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) grant monies, and to authorize Municipal Officers to enter into a multi-year contract if financially advantageous.
` Note: Passage of this warrant article will authorize the Selectmen to negotiate and sign a new contract with the current boat operators, or new operators, to continue the Cranberry Isles Commuter Boat Service. This warrant article provides the Town with the flexibility for a multi-year contract for the commuter boat, or a one year extension.

20. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate and expend up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) for the construction of a new float for Manset, 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.

21. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) to be placed in capital reserve fund for a future Town Office building for the Town of Cranberry Isles.

22. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to appropriate twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00) to be placed in capital reserve funds for the purchase of a new plow truck, sander and related equipment for Little Cranberry Island (Islesford).

23. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to enter into a multi-year contract (Municipal Joinder Agreement) with the Municipal Review Committee, Inc. (MRC), an agreement that would send municipal solid waste to a new processing facility, if financially advantageous. Adoption of this warrant article will authorize the following:
(i) to authorize the Town to continue as a charter member community of the Municipal Review Committee, Inc. (MRC), organized as a Maine nonprofit corporation and acting as a regional association pursuant to Title 13B and Title 38 of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended (and specifically Section 1304-B (5-A) of Title 38) for the purpose of managing and facilitating solid waste disposal;

(ii) to adopt, ratify and confirm the Restated Articles of Incorporation and the Restated Bylaws of the MRC in substantially the form on file with the Town Clerk and posted as part of this Warrant;
(iii) to authorize the Town to execute and deliver a Municipal Joinder Agreement with the MRC in substantially the form on file with the Town Clerk and posted as part of this Warrant (the “Municipal Joinder Agreement”) pursuant to which the Town will become a Joining Member of the MRC (as defined therein) and deliver its municipal solid waste for disposal to a waste management facility being developed by Fiberight, LLC and/or its affiliates (collectively, “Fiberight”) in Hampden, Maine, or other waste disposal facility;
(iv) to authorize the MRC to take certain actions on behalf of the Town as set forth in the Municipal Joinder Agreement; and

(v) to authorize a majority of the Selectmen or their duly authorized designee or designees to execute and deliver the Municipal Joinder Agreement on behalf of the Town and to execute and deliver on behalf of the Town in conjunction therewith such other documents and to take such further actions as they may deem necessary or appropriate in order to effect the transactions contemplated by the Municipal Joinder Agreement.

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 ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for capital expenditure for a well to be located on Town property for the municipal garage at Islesford, 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 borrow funds in the original principal amount of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000.00) for capital purchase of a new fire truck for Great Cranberry Island, and to further authorize the Municipal Officers to do any and all things necessary to award and enter into a purchase and sales agreement on behalf of the Town, expend the borrowed funds, and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Article.

26. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will appropriate and authorize the Municipal Officers to expend up to four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) toward the cost of restoring and renovating the Spurling Point Cemetery on Great Cranberry Island.

27. To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to enter into a five (5) month lease agreement in 2016 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.

28. FUTURE TOWN MEETING

To see if the voters of the Town Of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next annual Town Meeting in 2017, on 11, March 2017 at the Longfellow School, Great Cranberry Island, Maine and to open the meeting at 9 A.M.

29. 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 Operations
Budget. Each function shall be voted upon separately.

2014 TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET RECOMMENDED DEPT. TOTAL

Dept. 51 – General Government 328,685.00
Town Office: Rent & Utilities 14,005
Office Supplies & Postage 4,900
Administrative Expenses 10,000
Insurance 10,000
Legal 20,000
Accounting 9,000
Web Site 1,500
Selectmen Compensation 23,000
Contingency Fund 20,000
Printing 3,000
Treasurer / Tax Collector / Clerk 45,000
Elections 1,800
HCPC Dues 630
HCPC LUZO Assistance 3,000
Tax Assessor 27,500
Administrative Assistant 47,850
Deputy Clerk / Treasurer 23,000
Public Safety Coordinator 28,100
Payroll Taxes 19,000
Employee Health Benefits 16,900

Dept. 52 – Public Safety 354,300
Fire Dept. Zone 1 (GCI)
Utilities 2,500
Heating Oil 5,000
Gasoline 400
Insurance 5,000
Community Safety Program 1,000
Training 3,000
Equipment 5,000
Fire Truck 250,000
Maintenance 3,000
Dry Hydrant 1,000
Travel 1,000

Fire Dept. Zone 2 (Islesford)
Utilities 1,200
Equipment 8,000
Fire Truck 1,000
Heating Oil 5,000
Gasoline 500
Insurance 5,300
Training 4,000
Cistern 1,000
Drilled Well 10,000

Fire Dept. Zone 3 (Sutton)
Equipment 1,000

C.I. Rescue Service
Little Cranberry Island
Ambulance 500
Supplies 2,000
Stipend 2,000
Training 1,000
Medical Clearance/Vaccines 500
Insurance 1,000
EMS Conference 4,500

Great Cranberry Island
Ambulance 500
Supplies 2,000
Stipend 2,000
Training 500
Medical Clearance/Vaccines 500
Insurance 1,000
EMS Conference 2,300
911 Services 1,100
Streetlights 5,500
Animal Control Officer 1,000
Equipment 500
Training 500
Constable
Compensation 5,000
Admin. Expense 500
Harbormaster 2,000
Insurance 4,000

Dept. 53 – Health & Sanitation 110,150
Solid Waste
Sutton 5,000
Contracts 71,500
Barging 0
Tipping Fees 14,000
Hazardous Waste 3,500
Capital Improvements 500
Permits 850
Electricity 800
CEO / Plumbing Inspector 9,500
General Assistance 2,000
Supplies 500
Health Officer 800

Dept. 54 – Public Transportation 190,300
Town Roads
Maintenance 60,000
Snow Removal
Compensation 5,000
Salt / Sand 8,000
GCI Contract 17,000
Town Truck
Gas 1,000
Insurance 800
Maintenance 2,500
Plow Truck Reserve 20,000
Garage Heating Oil 1,800
Garage Maintenance 6,500
Commuter Service 67,700
Transportation Study 0

Dept. 55 – Schools 583,146

Dept. 56 – Donations 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
Hospice of Hancock County 500
C.I. Education Fund (scholarship) 1,000

Dept. 57 – Debt Service 355,211
SWH Parking – Taxable Bond 45,561
SWH Parking – Tax Exempt Bond 130,175
LCI Municipal Garage 22,610
LCI Roads Capital 37,420
LCI Pumper Truck 10,985
LCI Attacker Truck 25,460
County Tax 83,000

Dept. 58 - Municipal Facilities 290,725
Teleconference 400
NEH Parking Lot
Snow Removal 3,800
Lease 40,375
Joy Road Parking Lot
Insurance 750
Lease 4,000
Capital Improvement 10,000
Manset Parking Lot
Grounds 4,000
Maint. & Improvements 4,000
Snow Removal 2,000
Insurance 3,200
SWH Property Tax 22,000
Enforcement 5,500
Warehouse / Apartment
Utilities 2,700
Insurance 2,000
Mansell Road Building
Maint. & Repair 2,000
Insurance 1,000
Grounds 2,000
Snow Removal 1,000
SWH Property Tax 5,200
Capital Improvements 0
Restrooms
Maint. & Improvements 1,500
Cleaning 13,500
Supplies 800
Wharves / Floats / Ramps
Electricity 2,000
Maintenance 29,000
Moorings 8,500
Insurance 6,400
Contracts 34,100
LCI Capital Improvement 0
Manset Supplies 500
Manset New Float 20,000
Town Land
Cemeteries 5,500
Town Office Reserve 50,000
LCI Town Field 3,000

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR TOWN OPERATIONS= 2,235,317

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
APPLIED RESOURCES
Loans: 250,000
Estimated General Fund Receipts: 194,481

From Reserve Accounts: 9,861
EMS Reserve: 6,800
Public Safety Reserve: 3,061

School Dept. (State Subsidies and Misc.): 75,158

Commuter Service Subsidy: 22,000

Property Taxes (2016): 1,683,817

TOTAL= 2,235,317

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 9th, 10th, and 11th of March 2016 between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., and at the Islesford Neighborhood House on the day of the meeting, March 12, at 8:15 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.

Given under our hand and Town seal this 2nd day of February, 2016.

**Original Document Signed**
__________________________________________
Richard F. Beal, Chairman

**Original Document Signed**
__________________________________________
Florence Joy Sprague

**Original Document Signed**
__________________________________________ 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 2016 to be placed before the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles on 12 March 2016.

**Original Document Signed**
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Denise McCormick