Boat launch, fire truck pumper on agenda in Franklin



FRANKLIN — There appears to be very little controversy on the agenda for Town Meeting Saturday, March 25, at noon in the Community Center behind the town office.

The warrant contains 76 items, among them a municipal budget that is lower than current spending, a question on a new Georges Pond boat launch and another on setting aside matching funds in the event Franklin receives a $400,000 federal grant for a new fire truck pumper.

Selectman Dawn Carter said the proposed budget is $765,470, down from the current budget of $787,096.

This does not include funding for education, which will be decided in district-wide votes in May and June.

Carter said the budget is lower this year in part because the town had to appropriate an additional $17,000 for last year’s snow removal budget.

“We only voted for a $92,000 budget and it came in at $117,000” Carter said.

Residents will be asked to approve names for a number of private roads.

Carter said when there is more than one residence on a driveway the passage then becomes a private road so that it can be tracked for 911 purposes.

The old section of Abrams Pond Road to Kenzie Avenue would be renamed “Charlotte’s Way,” 132 Hog Bay Road would be called “Conlee Lane” and 132 Egypt Lane would be “Pokoney’s Way.”

Residents will be asked for their thoughts on the Georges Pond boat ramp, which was once privately maintained but the town has now assumed that responsibility.

Carter said voters will be asked if they want a new boat ramp to replace the one that is beyond repair. If residents do want a boat ramp, they also will be asked at which end of the lake they would  want to see it constructed.

One related article asks the town to rename Georges Pond Public Beach in memory of Alice Carter.

Dawn Carter said naming of the beach after her late mother was suggested by a resident, not the family.

The Fire Department is seeking a $400,000 federal grant for a new tanker truck. If the grant is approved, the town will have to put in 10 percent, or $40,000, Carter said.

Residents will be asked to take $30,000 from the Fire Department Equipment Maintenance Reserve to put toward the tanker grant, if it is approved.

The Fire Department has said it will allocate $10,000 from its fundraising activities.

Carter said changes in federal rules and regulations require the town to have an operable tanker truck and the current truck is quite old.

Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.jweaver@ellsworthamerican.com