2011 Annual Town Meeting Warrant

TOWN OF CRANBERRY ISLES
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
THE WARRANT 2011

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 Great Cranberry Island Firehouse, in said town, on the 14th day (Second Monday) of March AD 2011 at 9:00 AM 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: $6825

3. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will approve 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 2011 warrant.

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

Ballot_____________________ (term expiring 2014)

6. To elect by ballot a Selectman for a term of one year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Sally Rowan.

Ballot:________________________ (term expiring 2012)

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

Recommended: $1,700 for the chairperson, $1,400 for others.

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

Recommended: $9,975

9. To elect by ballot a Collector of Taxes and Collector of Excise Taxes for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.

Recommended: $25,725

10. To elect by ballot a member of the Superintending School Committee for a term of three years. (Term expiring: Katelyn Damon).

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

Name Island Term expires

Katelyn Damon Little Cranberry 2011
Theodore Spurling, JR Little Cranberry 2012
Barbara Meyers Great Cranberry 2013

Ballot:________________________ (term expiring 2014)

11. To elect by ballot one member of the Shellfish Conservation Committee for a term of three years. (Term expiring: Samuel Hyler).

Ballot:_________________________ (term expiring 2014)

For the information of voters: The elected membership of this Committee is:
Name Island Term expires
Richard Alley, JR Little Cranberry 2013
Cory Alley Little Cranberry 2013
Norman Sanborn, II Great Cranberry 2012
Nickolas Hadlock Little Cranberry 2012
Samuel Hyler Little Cranberry 2011

12. To elect by ballot two members 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. (Terms expiring: Chris White and Elizabeth Merrill Pratt).

For information of the voters: The elected membership of this Committee is:
Name Island Term expires
Ronald Axelrod Little Cranberry 2013
Malcolm Donald Great Cranberry 2013
Cory Duggan Little Cranberry 2013
Chris White Great Cranberry 2011
Elizabeth Merrill Pratt Little Cranberry 2011
Phillipe Donald Great Cranberry 2012
Karin Whitney Great Cranberry 2012

13. 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.

14. 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 2011 taxes not paid by December 01, 2011. Municipalities may, by vote, determine the rate of interest that shall apply to taxes that become delinquent during taxable year 2011 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.

15. 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.

16. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Treasurer to expend funds in January 2012, February 2012, and March 2012 equal in aggregate to three twelfths (3/12ths)+ of the Operator’s Budget approved for the Year 2011. 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 2012.
SCHOOLS (17A – 17Q)

Note: Articles 17A through 17K authorize expenditures in cost center categories

17A. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Regular Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee Recommends: $236,522

17B. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Special Education for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee Recommends: $42,236

17C. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ -0-

17D. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Other
Instruction for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 6,430

17E. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Student &
Staff Support for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 15,934

17F. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for System
Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30,
2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 13,472

17G. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for School Administration for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 21,967

17H. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for
Transportation and Buses for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 35,000

17I. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Facilities
Maintenance for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ 73,035

17J. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ - 0-

17K. To see what sum the School Committee is authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 01, 2011 and ending June
30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $ -0-

Note: Articles 17A – 17K authorize a total budget of $ 444,596

Note: Articles 17L & 17M raise funds for the Proposed School Budget

17L. 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 twelve (12) as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act (Recommended: $163,426) 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 twelve (12) as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, §15688 for the period July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

School Committee recommends: $148,426

Explanation: The Town of Cranberry Isles’ contribution to the total cost of
funding public education from kindergarten to grade twelve (12) as described in
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.

Written Ballot Vote Required

17M. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise and
appropriate in additional local funds for school purposes (Recommended:
$ 235,512) for the period July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012, which exceeds the State’s Essential Programs and Services allocation model by (Recommended:
$ 238,033) as required to fund the budget recommended by the School Committee.

The School Committee recommends $ 235,512 for additional local funds and gives the following reason for exceeding the State’s Essential Programs and Services funding model by $ 238,033: The State funding model underestimates the actual costs to fully fund the 2011 -2012 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 twelve (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 17L and 17M raise a total town appropriation of $ 383,938

Note: Article 17N summarizes the proposed school budget and does not
authorize any additional expenditures.

17N. 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 01, 2011 and
ending June 30, 2012 from the Town’s contribution to the total cost of funding
public education from kindergarten to grade twelve (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, §15690, unexpended balances, tuition
receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

School Committee recommends: $ 444,596

17O. In addition to the amount in Articles 17A – 17N, 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 2011-2012 for school purposes provided such grants, programs or other sources do not require the expenditure of other funds not previously appropriated?

Current Year Totals: $ 25,000 School Committee recommends passage.

17P. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School
Committee to have the Islesford School remain open for the 2011-2012 school
year with a projected enrollment of approximately ten (10) students.

School Committee recommends passage.

17Q. 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 2011-2012 school year with an unknown projected enrollment.

School Committee recommends passage.

18. 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 thousand dollars ($200,000.00) for the purpose of developing a plan for and construction of a new town office building on Little Cranberry Island, and to further authorize the Selectmen to do any and all things necessary or to award and enter into necessary design and construction contracts on behalf of the Town; expend the borrowed funds; and all other things reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose this Article 18.

19. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the municipal officers to enter into a three (3) year contract for the launching, handling, disconnecting, hauling, storage and maintenance of floats and associated gangways owned by and located within the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine. Said contract to be put out to bid in the summer of 2011 and have a duration extending from the fall of 2011 through the fall of 2014.

20. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the municipal officers to enter into a three (3) year contract for the launching, handling, disconnecting, hauling, storage and maintenance of floats and associated gangways owned by the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine and located in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Said contract to be put out to bid in the summer of 2011 and have a duration extending from the fall of 2011 through the fall of 2014.

21. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the municipal officers to raise, appropriate and expend up to five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for the purchase of glass crushing equipment, for use at the Little Cranberry Island and Great Cranberry Island solid waste facilities.

Note: Separate equipment would be purchased for both islands. A glass crusher will reduce solid waste disposal costs for the Town by allowing the operator of the facility to crush and grind glass that is deposited at the Little Cranberry and Great Cranberry solid waste facilities and store the crushed material at each site for use by Town residents for inert fill material. This process will eliminate the need to transport this type of waste material off the island.

22. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the municipal officers to raise, appropriate and expend up to six thousand dollars ($6,000.00) for engineering and design for a year-round drive-on dock at the Manset Facility in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Passage of this article also authorizes the municipal officers to use the funds to collaborate with the Town of Southwest Harbor for the same purpose.

23. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the municipal officers to raise, appropriate and expend forty six thousand dollars ($46,000.00) to extend the commuter ferry service for the second year of a two year trial period

24. Shall an ordinance entitled “Land Use Ordinance for the Shorelands of the Town of Cranberry Islands, Hancock County, Maine” be amended?
Can be viewed at www.cranberryisles-me.gov or at the Town Office.

Note: adoption of this ordinance will bring the current shoreland zoning ordinance of the Town into compliance with new state shoreland rules. The new ordinance adopts the regulation changes into the existing ordinance for the Town. Copies of the amended ordinance are available.

25. 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 2011 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.

26. FUTURE TOWN MEETING

To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next
annual Town Meeting in 2012, on Monday, March 12h at the Islesford Neighborhood House, Maine and to open the Meeting at 8:30 A.M.

27. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to raise and appropriate for each function of 2011 Town operations as shown in the Town Operations Budget. Each function shall be voted upon separately.

2011 TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET RECOMMENDED DEPT. TOTAL

Dept. 51 – General Government 266,515
Town Office: Rent & Utilities 14,450
Office Supplies & Postage 6,200
Administrative Expenses 10,000
Insurance 16,000
Legal 20,000
Accounting 4,500
Web Site 500
Selectmen Compensation 4,500
Contingency Fund 25,000
Printing 5,500
Treasurer / Tax Collector / Clerk 42,525
Elections 1,800
Planning Board 1,100
HCPC Assistance 5,000
Tax Assessor 25,800
Administrative Assistant 41,600
Deputy Clerk / Treasurer 18,900
Payroll Taxes 8,000
Employee Health Benefits 14,465
Retirement Obligation 675

Dept. 52 – Public Safety 71,835
Fire Dept. Zone 1 (GCI)
Utilities 1,500
Equipment 4,750
Heating Oil 4,000
Gasoline 600
Admin. Expense 1,000
Insurance 5,000
EMS Program 2,000
Contracts 3,000
Training 1,000
Fire Dept. Zone 2 (Islesford)
Utilities 950
Equipment 5,200
Heating Oil 1,500
Gasoline 500
Admin. Expense 1,000
Insurance 4,500
Training 11,100
EMS Program 2,000
Contracts 3,000
Fire Dept. Zone 3 (Sutton)
Materials 1,700

911 Services 485
Streetlights 5,500
Animal Control Officer 1,000
Training 500
Equipment 250
Constable
Compensation 2,500
Admin. Expense 500
Harbormaster 2,000
Shellfish Warden 800
Insurance 4,000

Dept. 53 – Health & Sanitation 97,175
Solid Waste
Other 5,000
Contracts 47,500
Barging 4,000
Tipping Fees 12,000
Hazardous Waste / Metal 7,000
Capital Improvements 9,000
Permits 375
CEO / Plumbing Inspector 8,000
General Assistance 3,000
Supplies 500
Health Officer 800

Dept. 54 – Public Transportation 116,100
Town Roads
Maintenance 5,000
Capital Improvements 12,000
Engineering 4,000 Snow Removal
Compensation 8,000
Salt / Sand 6,000
Town Trucks
Gas 1,500
Insurance 800
GCI Plow Truck 32,000
Garage Heating Oil 800
Commuter Service 46,000

Dept. 55 – Schools 444,596

Dept. 56 – Donations -0-
GCI Library
Islesford Library
GCI Community Center
Islesford Neighborhood House
GCI Historical Society
Island Explorer
NEH Library
NEH Ambulance
Life Flight
Human Service Donations
Hospice of Hancock County

Dept. 57 – Debt Service 347,756
SWH Parking – Taxable Bond 47,100
SWH Parking – Tax Exempt Bond 134,561
LCI Municipal Garage 22,610
Town Office 25,000
LCI Pumper Truck 10,985
Longfellow School 5,500
County Tax 75,000
Capital Roads Project 27,000

Dept. 58 - Municipal Facilities 447,260
Teleconference 500 NEH Parking Lot
Snow Removal 4,000
Lease 38,500
Joy Road Parking Lot
Insurance 750
Lease 4,000
Manset Parking Lot
Utilities 500
Grounds 5,000
Maint. & Improvements 5,000
Snow Removal 2,000
Insurance 3,200
SWH Property Tax 24,000
Enforcement 1,200
Warehouse / Apartment
Maint. & Improvements 15,800
Utilities 2,000
Insurance 2,000
Mansell Road Building
Maint. & Repair 6,000
Capital Improvement 30,000
Insurance 1,000
Grounds 2,000
Snow Removal 1,000
SWH Property Tax 7,200
Restrooms
Maint. & Improvements 1,500
Cleaning 5,610
Supplies 600
Wharves / Floats / Ramps
Electricity 2,500
Maintenance 4,500
Capital Improvements 9,400
Floats 6,000
Moorings 5,000
Insurance 6,400
Contracts 30,000
Engineering 6,000
LCI Municipal Garage 200,000
Municipal Building
Health Clinic 1,000
Town Land
Parking Lots 4,500
GCI Gravel Pit 6,000
LCI Town Field 2,000
Cemeteries 600

TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR TOWN OPERATIONS= 1,791,237

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
APPLIED RESOURCES
Loans: 200,000
From Manset Reserve: 50,800
Estimated General Fund Receipts: 178,360
School Dept. (Subsidies and Grants): 60,658
Commuter Service Subsidy: 11,000

Property Taxes (2011): 1,290,419

TOTAL= 1,791,237

NOTICE

The Registrar of Voters, Denise McCormick, gives notice that she will be in the Cranberry Isles Town Office, 59 Main Street, Islesford, Maine on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of March 2011 between the hours of 09:00 A.M. and 03:00 P.M., and at the Great Cranberry Island Community Center on the day of the meeting, March 14, at 08:45 A.M. for the purpose of correcting the list of voters for said Town.

Given under our hand and Town seal this third (3rd) day of February, 2011.

(ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS ARE SIGNED BELOW)

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Richard F. Beal, Chairman

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Sally A.B. Rowan

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Christopher L. Hathaway
Selectmen of the Cranberry Isles

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 2011 to be placed before the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles on 14 March 2011.

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Denise McCormick