TOWN OF NORWAY 2017/2018 TOWN MEETING WARRANT

(Town report copies of the warrant are for information only, posted copies are the true warrant and may be viewed at norwaymaine.com.) 

 

TOWN OF NORWAY

2017/2018 TOWN MEETING WARRANT

(covering the period 7/l/2017- 6/30/2018)

 

State of Maine

County of Oxford

To:  David Holt, Resident

 

Greetings:

In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the voters of the Town of Norway, in said County, qualified by law to vote in the Town of Norway, to meet at the Norway Fire Station, in said Town, on Tuesday the thirteenth day of June, AD 2017 at 7:45 o’clock in the forenoon, then and there to act on articles numbered 1 through 3 and to notify and warn said voters to meet at the Oxford Hills High School Forum on Monday the 19th day of June, AD, 2017 at 7:00 o’clock in the evening, then and there to act on articles 4  through 39.

 

ARTICLE 1:  To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.

 

ARTICLE 2:  To elect all necessary Town Officers as are required to be elected by Secret Ballot (M.S.R.S., T30, S2061).

 

ARTICLE 3:  To decide third ballot referendums 

 

ARTICLE 4 : To see if the Town will vote to set dates when 2016/2017 taxes will become due, when interest will be due and what rate will be charged.

  • Select-board recommends:  FIRST HALF TAXES DUE NOVEMBER 22, 2017, SECOND HALF DUE MAY 22, 2018.  INTEREST WILL BE CHARGED AT A RATE OF 7.00%.  INTEREST NOT CHARGED TO THOSE WHO SUCCESSFULLY MAKE ALL TAX CLUB PAYMENTS.

 

ARTICLE 5: To see if the town will vote to set the interest rates to be paid by the town on abated taxes pursuant to 36 MRSA section 506-A  (Select-board recommends A RATE OF 7.00%)

 

ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $507,277 for Administration as recommended by the select-board and budget committee.  (2016-2017 appropriation $471,065)

 

ARTICLE 7: : To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $46,359 for the Municipal Complex. (2016-2017 appropriation $50, 359)

 

 

 

ARTICLE 8:   To see if the voters will authorize the select-board to accept donations, grants and property offered to the town when they deem them to be in the town’s best interest and to authorize the select-board to agree to terms and conditions that may be set as conditions of the acceptance and to appropriate any accepted funds for the purposes stipulated.

 

ARTICLE 9:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $76,628 for Planning and Enforcement as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $90,747)

 

ARTICLE 10:  To see if the voters will amend the Norway Building Code Sec. 18 Right of Appeal: the Norway Shore land Zoning Ordinance, Section 16 H, Appeals; the Norway Subdivision Review Ordinance, Section 801.5 Appeals and the Norway Site Plan Review Ordinance Section X Appeals to contain the language provided by the town attorney to provide for the appeals of decisions made in enforcing each ordinance.

 

ARTICLE 11: To see if the voters wish to amend the Norway Rental Occupancy Ordinance in order to clarify language and definitions and the application process.

 

ARTICLE 12:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $809,360 for the Police Department as recommended by the select-board and budget committee (2016-2017 appropriation $724,905)

         

ARTICLE 13:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $285,342 for the Fire Department as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $274,553)

 

ARTICLE 14:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $50,000 to the reserve fund for eventual purchase of fire trucks and equipment as recommended by the select-board and budget committee.  (2016-2017 appropriation $35,000)

 

ARTICLE 15:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $1,027 for Emergency Management as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $1,010)

 

ARTICLE 16:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $179,459 for Utilities as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $179,719)

         

ARTICLE 17:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $136,500 for Insurance as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $104,500)

 

ARTICLE 18:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $15,130 for Animal Control as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $15,264)

 

ARTICLE 19:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $983,717 for Highways and Public Works as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $983,444)

 

ARTICLE 20:  To if the town will authorize the municipal officers to make final determination regarding the closing or opening of roads to winter maintenance pursuant to 23 MRSA section 2953

        

ARTICLE 21:  To see if the voters will allow the select-board to dispose of vehicles and equipment no longer needed in the highway, police and fire departments by public bid, auction or trade and use the proceeds for new or used equipment of benefit to the town as decided by the board. 

 

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the following sums for the following purposes for the Capital Budget as recommended by the select-board and budget committee.

  • $261,000 for in-town street improvement  (2016-2017 appropriation  $15,000)
  • $35,000 for road improvement (2016-2017 appropriation $325,000)
  • $10,000 for GIS mapping (2016-2017  appropriation $10,000)
  • $50,000 for the Truck / Plow Gear Replacement Reserve Account  (2016-2017 appropriation $50,000)
  • $50,000 for the Highway Equipment Reserve Account (to fund the eventual replacement of the grader, loaders, sweeper and trackless, etc.) (2016-2017 appropriation $50,000)
  • $0 for the Sidewalk /Traffic Safety Reserve  (2016-2017 appropriation $5,000)                
  • $35,000 for the Bridge Repair Reserve    (2016-2017 appropriation  $25,000)
  • $5,000 for the repair and replacement of computers  (2016-2017 appropriation $5,000) 
  • $20,000 for improvements to the Municipal Building safe  (2016-2017 appropriation $20,000)
  • $0 for repairs and updates at the municipal building (2016-2017 appropriation $7,750) 
  • $0 for creating more room for the Police Department (2016-2017 appropriation $20,000)
  • $20,000 for planning of and reserve for future construction of a town garage building  (2016-2017 appropriation $40,000) 
  • $0 for the eventual construction of a fire substation(2016-2017 appropriation $0, $40,000 currently in reserve)

 

ARTICLE 23:  To see if the town will vote to authorize the select-board to assign fund balance at year end, or from time to time during the year, for ongoing projects or to carry over any appropriated but unexpended funds, provided that the funds are used for the same purpose as originally appropriated.

 

 

 

ARTICLE24: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $262,000 for the Town’s share of the operating cost of Norway/Paris Solid Waste, Inc. as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $262,000, $20,000 for Frost Hill closure reserve)

 

ARTICLE 25:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $18,430 for Cemeteries as recommended by the select-board and budget committee. (2016-2017 appropriation $18,392)

 

ARTICLE 26:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $461,401 for Debt Service as recommended by the select-board and budget committee (2016-2017 appropriation $422,944)

 

ARTICLE 27:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $33,512 for General Assistance as recommended by the select-board and budget committee (2016-2017 appropriation $34,200)

 

ARTICLE 28:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $20,000 for donations to Provider Agencies as recommended by the select-board and budget committee (2016-2017  appropriation $20,000)

 

ARTICLE 29: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $285,879 for the Norway Library as recommended by the select-board and budget committee (2016-2017 appropriation $277,460)

      

ARTICLE 30 To see if the town will appropriate $85,000 from the income of the Fred and Laura Sanborn Trust Fund now on deposit in a savings account (estimated $85,000 available, $1,215,054 principle) in order to fund as recommended by the select-board and budget committee   $62,100 for Recreation, $1,500 for the Norway Historical Society, $9,000 for Norway Downtown, $4,400 for downtown maintenance and beautification, and $8,000 for eventual repairs to the opera house clock tower roof

 

 (2016-2017 appropriation $65,100 for Recreation, $1,500 for the Norway Historical  Society, $9,000 for Norway Downtown, $4,400 for downtown maintenance and beautification, and $5,000 for eventual repairs to the opera house clock tower roof

 

ARTICLE 31:  To see if the Town will appropriate  $136,653 for Parks and Recreation as recommended by the select-board and budget committee funded from $4,000 from snowmobile registrations for snowmobile trail maintenance, $7,000 from boat excise taxes for the boat landing, Pennesseewassee Park or maintenance of the dam, $1,500 from MaineDOT for picnic area maintenance, $9000 from the boat inspection program, $5,720 from program registrations, $62,100 from the Sanborn Trust, and $58,353 raised from property taxes. 

 

 (2016-2017 $137,782 for Parks and Recreation as recommended by the select-board and budget committee funded from $4,000 from snowmobile registrations for snowmobile trail maintenance, $7,000 from boat excise taxes for the boat landing, Pennesseewassee Park or maintenance of the dam, $1,500 from MaineDOT for picnic area maintenance, $8,200 from the boat inspection program, $6,520 from program registrations, $65,100 from the Sanborn Trust, and $45,462 raised from property taxes.

ARTICLE 32:  To raise and appropriate $9,000 for the Lakes Association to contribute toward the costs of a boat inspection program to stop the spread of invasive plants in Norway lakes. (2016-2017 appropriation $9,000 in the Planning and Enforcement budget)

 

ARTICLE 33Shall the Town of Norway appropriate franchise fees received from Time-Warner (or its successor) estimated at $48,500 to the Community Development and Preservation account for the operation of the Joint Cable Committee and the Access Channel for the period of one year as recommended by the select-board and budget committee     (2016-2017 appropriation $48,500)

 

ARTICLE 34:  To see if the town will vote to authorize the tax collector or treasurer to accept prepayments of taxes not yet committed pursuant to 36 MRSA sections 506.

 

ARTICLE 35:  To see if the town will authorize the select-board to borrow from the town’s reserve funds and savings accounts if necessary (at an interest rate equal to the amount being received when the funds are transferred) in anticipation of taxes in order to reduce legal and bank costs for tax anticipation borrowing.

 

ARTICLE 36:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select-board to appoint a Budget Committee, said members of this committee to serve one year without pay.

           

ARTICLE 37:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select-board, on behalf of the Town, to sell and dispose of any real estate acquired by the Town for non-payment of taxes thereon, on such terms as the board may deem advisable and to execute quit claim deeds for such property.

 

ARTICLE 38:  To see if the Town will vote to have $1,494,690 anticipated revenues deducted from the 2017/2018 appropriations for the purpose of reducing the tax levy. (This is a gross sum that also includes revenues that were previously voted in other warrant articles)  (2016-2017 appropriation $1,433,707)

 

ARTICLE 39:  To see if the voters will vote to exceed the property tax levy limit and make it be equal to the amount actually levied for the Town of Norway this year and establish this as the base in calculating next year’s limit.

 

Given under our hands this 11th day of May, AD, 2017

 

 

__________________________________ Russell Newcomb Chair

 

__________________________________ Warren Sessions

 

__________________________________ Tom Curtis

 

__________________________________ William Damon

 

__________________________________ Bruce Cook

Norway Select-board                                                       

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