Government at a Glance: Lisbon

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Lisbon Town Council

Met Tuesday

Issue: In an effort to plan the budget for the coming heating season, the town seeks bids for winter heating fuel.

Scoop: Downeast Energy was awarded the contract to supply the town with No. 2 heating oil on its bid of $2.59 per gallon, kerosene $2.89, diesel $2.67 and propane $1.92. As the municipal and school department jointly solicited bids, this information has been forward to the School Committee for its approval at its March 8 meeting. Other bidders were Dead River, Irving and Webber Energy.

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Town manager’s report

Issue: Town Manager Steve Eldridge reported that the town is looking at a $393,000 shortfall this year. Of this amount, more than $300,000 is attributed to increases in health insurance, which the town has no control over, he said, “which means it’s either a tax increase or major cuts in services. The school department faces similar problems due to a cut in state aid.”

Scoop: Citizens interested in weighing in on the budget may go to www. lisbonme.org to participate in a survey.

Issue: Eldridge reported on a meeting with water commissioner Bill Bauer and state MDOT officials to discuss how the cost of extending town water on Route 9 from Frost Hill Avenue to Upland Road would be split. The water line is being extended due to salt contamination of private wells.

Issue: Councilors went into executive session for labor negotiations on contracts with the Public Works employees union, the police sergeants union, a town office workers’ union and the Maine Association of Police. No votes were taken.

– Connie Footman

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