Annual Town Meeting Warrant

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PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE THAT VOTING FOR SELECT BOARD AND SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE HELD AT THE TOWN OFFICE 8AM TO 6PM BEFORE THE TOWN MEETING ON JUNE 11TH.

Town of Monson
Annual Town Meeting Warrant
June 11th, 2020

To, James Erickson, or any other resident in the Town of Monson, in the County of Piscataquis and the State of Maine

Greetings:
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town of Monson, in the said county and state, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at the Monson Community Gym, in said town, on Thursday the 11th day of June 2020 A.D. at six thirty in the evening then and there to act on the following articles to wit:

Article 1
To choose a Moderator and Deputy Moderator to preside at said meeting and to be voted by written ballot

Article 2
To choose all necessary town officers for the ensuing year:

One, Selectperson, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor Term Expires 2023, to be voted by written ballot

One, RSU#68 Director, Term Expires 2023, to be voted by written ballot

***Voting for Select Board and RSU#68 will be done at the town office between the hours of 8am and 6pm***

One, Planning Board Member, Term Expires 2025

One, Associate Planning Board Member, Term Expires 2025

One, Monson Utility District Trustee, Term Expires 2025

Article 3
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board to appoint all other necessary officers as needed.

Article 4
To see if the Town will vote to set the commitment date of no later than August 1st.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 5
To see if the Town will vote to offer a discount for taxes paid, within 30 days of the mailing date, of 2% which will be covered by overlay
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 6
To see if the Town will vote to apply a 9.00% interest rate (State set Maximum interest rate) to all taxes unpaid as of September 1st.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 7
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board to sell and convey by Quit Claim Deed tax acquired properties and/or to execute Waiver of Foreclosure documents, or retain for municipal use if that’s in the best interest of the town as determined to be by the Select Board, and to further authorize the tax collector or treasurer to accept prepayments of taxes not yet committed pursuant to 36 M.R.S.A. Section 506, and to further authorize the Select Board to appropriate funds from Overlay to offset abatements granted throughout the fiscal year.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 8
To see if the Town will vote to transfer all state snowmobile registration funds to the Narrow-Gauge Riders Snowmobile Club.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 9
To see if the town will vote to authorize the Select Board to accept and expend or utilize for its intended purpose on behalf of the Town any grants or funds awarded or paid to the Town by any State or federal agency, grant or other monetary donation from any other public or private entity, organization or individual, and any gift of personal property. This includes the authority to apply for such grants, funds or donations where an application is required, or take any other action thereon.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 10
To see if the Town will Authorize the Select Board of behalf of the Town to sell and dispose of any surplus Town owned personal property under $500.00 in value on such terms as they deem advisable according to the laws of the State of Maine.
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 11
To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Select Board on behalf of the Town to dispose of Public Property with a tax assessed value of less than $500 on such terms as they deem advisable.
Budget Committee Recommends Yes
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 12
To see if the Town will vote to accept all cemetery lot sales and convey all land deeds for said purpose.
Budget Committee Recommends Yes
Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 13
To see if the town will vote to accept the following revenues for reducing taxes
Auto Excise Tax $100,000
Boat Excise Tax $2,500
Agent Fees $3,500
Clerk Fees $500
Bank Interest $1,500
Use of Surplus $0
Real Estate Tax Interest $6,000
Lien Costs $3,000
Tree Growth Reimbursement $39,000
Appalachian Trail $2,500
County Fire Contract $20,100
Willimantic Fire Contract $9,000
URIP funds $28,000
Snowmobile Registration fees TBA until check is received from the state
Solid Waste Permits $1,000
Demolition Fees $3,000
MSW $28,000
Universal Solid Waste Fees $900
County Solid Waste Contract $19,800
Total $268,300
****Maine Revenue Sharing and Homestead Exemption Reimbursement will also be used to lower taxes however is included in a separate line on the tax commitment, therefore not listed on other revenue.

Select Board Recommends Yes

Article 14
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Administration Department.
Budget Committee Recommends $125,200
Select Board Recommends $125,200

Article 15
To See what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for Assessing Services.
Budget Committee Recommends $13,000
Select Board Recommends $13,000

Article 16
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for an Animal Control Officer.
Budget Committee Recommends $1,900
Select Board Recommends $1,900

Article 17
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for Cemeteries. And to authorize the Select Board to spend and carry forward any interest from perpetual care funds to repair the road and some older head stones at the Hillside Cemetery and Lakeview Cemetery.
Budget Committee Recommends $6,000
Select Board Recommends $6,000

Article 18
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for Code Enforcement Officer/Plumbing Inspector, And to Appropriate plumbing and building fees to the CEO/LPI
Budget Committee Recommends $600
Select Board Recommends $600

Article 19
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for Debt Service
Budget Committee Recommends $185,866
Select Board Recommends $185,866

Article 20
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Fire Department.
Budget Committee Recommends $55,050
Select Board Recommends $55,050

Article 21
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Continency Funds
Budget Committee Recommends $1,500
Select Board Recommends $1,500

Article 22
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for General Assistance.
Budget Committee Recommends $1,500
Select Board Recommends $1,500

Article 23
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Gym.
Budget Committee Recommends $10,850
Select Board Recommends $10,850

Article 24
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for Public Works.
Budget Committee Recommends $324,225
Select Board Recommends $324,225

Article 25
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Town/Employee Insurances.
Budget Committee Recommends $49,900
Select Board Recommends $49,900

Article 26
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Municipal Building.
Budget Committee Recommends $14,860
Select Board Recommends $14,860

Article 27
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Reserve Transfer/Capitol Projects.
Budget Committee Recommends $116,000
Select Board Recommends $116,000

Article 28
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Planning Board.
Budget Committee Recommends $1,250
Select Board Recommends $1,250

Article 29
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Recreation Department.
Budget Committee Recommends $6,000
Select Board Recommends $6,000

Article 30
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Street Lights.
Budget Committee Recommends $2,000
Select Board Recommends $2,000

Article 31
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the 3rd Party Requests/Donations:
Organization Amount Requested
Lake Hebron Cost Share $5,000
Eastern Area On Aging $100
Pisc.Ch.Comm $175
Monson Health $500
Penquis Cap $400
PineTree Hospice $50
American Legion $450
American Red Cross $50
Partners for Peace $150
CHCS $100
Monson Public Library $8,900
Total: $15,875

Budget Committee Recommends $15,875
Select Board Recommends $15,875

Article 32
To see what sum of money, if any, the town will vote to raise and appropriate for the Solid Waste/Transfer Station.
Budget Committee Recommends $75,065
Select Board Recommends $75,065

Article 33
To see if the town will vote to authorize the Select Board to carry forward fund balances as they deem necessary. All other funds will lapse to undesignated fund balance.

The Registrar will be open regular office hours, Thursday, June 11th, 2020 for the purpose of correcting the list of voters. You must be a registered voter of the town to vote at the Town meeting.
Given under our hands this 28th day of May 2020 A.D.

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Karl Martin Jr.

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Eric Vainio

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Tyler Adkins


True Copy Attest

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Martha Gagnon
Town Clerk