Winter Harbor Town Meeting Set for June 15

WINTER HARBOR — Voters will be asked at Town Meeting June 15 to spend half of the town’s $5-million investment portfolio to pay off a bank loan and build a new public safety building and a new transfer station.

Town Manager Cathy Carruthers said June 3 there will be bank representatives on hand to explain that the transaction is prudent because the interest rate on loans currently is higher than what the money is earning.

The $1-million loan is with Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. An additional $1 million would be appropriated for the public safety building and $250,000 for the transfer station.

Voters also will be voting on whether to spend $21,000 to pay for physical examinations for firefighters.

The proposed municipal budget for 2011-2012 is $849,243. The current budget is $760,657.

Both figures include county taxes but do not include Winter Harbor’s share of the Regional School Unit 24 budget.

Carruthers said the municipal budget increase includes, among other items, the firefighter exams; increased costs for street light maintenance; purchase of software to make the motor vehicle registration system electronic, and health benefits for the new full-time deputy clerk.

Municipal elections

When: June 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Winter Harbor Masonic Hall

On the ballot: The school budget validation vote and the election of two members of the Board of Selectmen and one Planning Board member.

For Board of Selectmen: Incumbent Terry Bickford is unopposed for a three-year term. Richard Leighton is resigning after one year on the board and there are no declared candidates for the remaining two years of his term.

For Planning Board: There are no declared candidates for the seat on the board held by Ted Buswell, who is not seeking re-election. The term is five years.

Town Meeting

When: June 15, 7 p.m.

Where: Hammond Hall

On the Agenda: Voters will be asked to approve an $849,243 municipal budget that does not include the town’s share of the Regional School Unit 24 budget. Other warrants include appropriating $21,000 to pay for physical examinations for firefighters; authorizing the town to spend $1 milllion from its investment portfolio to pay off a loan; $1 million for the new Public Safety Building, and $250,000 to build the new Transfer Station.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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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.[email protected]
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