Minot selectmen set town meeting warrant

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MINOT — Selectmen on Monday gave final approval of the warrant for the annual town meeting, set for March 1, the chief business of which is to set this year’s municipal budget.

The amount requested to run town affairs stands at $1.55 million, which is slightly lower than the $1.58 million allocated for the previous year.

Selectmen also announced that they would hold a public hearing on the proposal to renovate and expand the town’s Central Fire Station at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Town Office.

The proposed addition would increase floor area at the station by about 50 percent. The project is estimated to cost about $536,000.

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The proposal for an expanded and improved fire station failed to gather support at the 2012 and 2013 town meetings, but this year it will be presented to voters as a referendum question to be decided at the polls Friday, Feb. 28, the date of municipal elections.

In addition to deciding whether to proceed with the Central Fire Station project, voters will elect two Regional School Unit 16 committee members and one selectman.

Absentee ballots for the fire station referendum and for town and school officials are available, Town Clerk Heidi Schreiber said.

In other business, selectmen:

* Announced they would hold a public hearing on an application for a liquor license for the Maine Wedding Barn on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the town office. The Maine Wedding Barn is located on Center Minot Hill Road, at Shaw Hill Road.

* Appointed Schreiber, Assistant Town Clerk Andrea Hinkley and Town Administrator Arlan Saunders as constables.

* Saunders told selectmen he had sent out letters to five property owners informing them that the town has foreclosed on their properties because they failed to pay property taxes.

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