Brooklin Voters to Consider Changes to Town Government



BROOKLIN — Voters at the annual Town Meeting will weigh in on two articles that could alter the structure of local government.

Town Meeting begins April 3 with the annual election of officers. There are no contested races on the ballot. The business portion of the meeting convenes Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m. at the Brooklin School.

Voters will decide whether to change the elected terms of office for tax collector, town clerk and treasurer from one to three years. Selectman Jerry Gray said that if approved, the measure would go into effect in 2010.

Voters also will weigh in on whether to authorize selectmen to form a committee to study current town office operations. Gray said the Board of Selectmen included the article to see whether the town is interested in reorganizing operations and increasing the number of hours the office is open for business.

A third article asks voters whether to authorize the formation of a committee to plan for a veterans memorial. A related article asks for the appropriation of $1,000 for the Veterans Memorial Committee.

Voters will act on proposed amendments to three local ordinances: the Shellfish Conservation Ordinance, the Naskeag Landing Parking and Use Ordinance and the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. Copies of the ordinances are available for review at the town office and informational hearings will be held before Town Meeting.

A hearing on the shellfish and Naskeag Landing ordinances will be held March 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the town office. A hearing on the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance will be held Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. at the town office.

Gray said that if all spending articles are approved, the total municipal spending budget would be $766,000, compared to $703,000 last year.

Voters will also act on a proposed school budget of $1,844,609, a 2.7-percent increase over last year.

 

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Nicole Ouellette

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