Results of Special Town Meeting, May 14th, 2016

RESULTS OF THE SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
MAY 14, 2016

There was a Special Town Meeting held on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at the Islesford Neighborhood House. There were 69 Registered Voters present. The Meeting was called to order at 8:45 a.m. by the Town Clerk, Denise McCormick.

Articles were acted on as follows:

1. To elect by ballot a Moderator to preside over said meeting.

Richard Beal nominates Jon Pottle, attorney at Eaton Peabody.
There were no other nominations.

8 Ballots Cast, 8 Votes Jon Pottle.

The Town Clerk administered the Oath of Office for the Moderator.

2. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will approve the use of the Maine Moderator’s Manual “Rules of Procedures” for the conduct of the Special Town Meeting.

Kaitlyn Duggan motions to approve, seconded by Joanne T hormann.

Unanimous vote to approve.

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

Joanne Thormann motions to approve, seconded by Thomas Powell.

Unanimous vote to approve.

4. Shall an ordinance entitled “Floodplain Management Ordinance for the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine” be enacted?

Katelyn Damon motions to approve, seconded by Branden Stubbs.

Unanimous vote to approve.

5. Shall an ordinance entitled “Cranberry Isles Holding Tank Ordinance” be enacted?

Branden Stubbs motions to approve, seconded by Cynthia Lief.

Unanimous vote to approve.

Cory Duggan motions to the Moderator to take Article 7 out of order and act on it before Article 6, motion seconded by Joanne Thormann.

Majority vote to act on Article 7 first, 2 Votes No.
Motion to take Article 7 out of order passes.

7. . To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to form a Ferry Service as:

A. A Town owned service (docks, vessels, freight contracts and subsidies) with a provider contracted for operations.

Ralph Stevens motions to approve, seconded by Amy Palmer.

Two Votes Yes, Majority Vote No.

B. A Town franchise with a designated single for-profit private provider with operational requirements and subsidy grants.

David Thomas motions to approve, seconded by Richard Alley Jr.

33 Votes Yes, 3 Votes No.

C. A Town franchise with a single designated non-profit provider with operational requirements and subsidy grants, similar in concept to the current Isle au Haut or Chebeague services.

Kaitlyn Duggan motions to approve, seconded by Bruce Fernald.

1 Vote Yes, Majority Vote No.

Article 7B. passes, with a Majority of Votes for a Town franchise with a designated single for profit private provider with operational requirements and subsidy grants.

6. . To see if the voter of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Municipal Officers to implement a Consolidated Passenger Ferry Service to serve the Town of Cranberry Isles, Northeast Harbor and Manset/Southwest Harbor, as described in the Town’s Transportation Task Force document “Cranberry Islands Ferry Operations and Financial Feasibility Report” dated March 8, 2016; and to borrow, if required, up to $750,000 to implement one of the below ferry service operations, and further to authorize the Selectmen to issue general obligation bonds of the Town as security for financing, which bonds may be callable, and to take any and all actions as may be necessary or appropriate to accomplish and operate this ferry service. (Written Ballot)

Christine Sandberg motions to approve, seconded by Cory Duggan.

Daniel Lief motions to amend the article to read ….”and to borrow, if required, up to $50,000 to implement one of the below ferry service operations,…”, seconded by Hugh Smallwood.

Unanimous Vote to amend Article 6.

There were 47 Ballots Cast, 39 Votes Yes, 8 Votes No.

8. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Municipal Officers to initiate an application with federal postal authorities for the mail delivery contract between Northeast Harbor and the Cranberry Isles, and if successful to further authorize the Municipal Officers to contract, rent or lease vessels to carry the mail, hire staff to operate the vessels, and borrow sufficient funds to accomplish the mail contract provisions until federal payments are received for services provided, and to take any and all actions as may be necessary or appropriate to prevent the Town of Cranberry Isles from incurring contract delinquency. (Written Ballot Required)

Ralph Stevens motions to approve, seconded by Daniel Lief.

40 Ballots Cast, 35 Votes Yes, 5 Votes No.

Meeting Was Adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted:
Denise McCormick
Town Clerk
May 2016