New Gloucester voters OK warrant articles

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NEW GLOUCESTER – In two hours Monday night, voters at the annual town meeting unanimously passed 39 articles with no changes.

Former Selectman Lenora Conger moderated the meeting, which was attended by about 90 residents.

Resident Roger Levasseur questioned the tax assessment budget of $35,450 to pay the code enforcement officer to do assessing while receiving training for certification.

His amendment to cut the amount failed.

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The town will continue to contract technical assessing services through O’Donnell and Associates of New Gloucester, which has been training CEO Debra Parks Larrivee since January.

Voters agreed to reconstruct 6,900 feet of the Morse Road for $1 million and use Pineland Tax Increment Financing money. Bids are being sought and selectmen hope the project begins May 23 and concludes Dec. 1.

The road will be closed to general traffic in July and August, but an alternate plan seeks to allow through traffic, which means the project will cost more and take longer, Selectman Steve Libby said.

Voters agreed to spend capital reserve money to buy a fire/rescue turnout gear for $10,000; radios for the Fire Department for $16,000; a new fire engine for $400,000; equipment for the transfer station for $147,500; a highway truck for $200,000.

Voters approved $50,000 for paving.

Twelve tax-acquired properties were approved for disposition.

Changes to the Zoning, Subdivision and Road Naming and Property Numbering ordinances were OK’d.

Funding was approved for the following: Selectmen at $16,150; administration at $286,080; code enforcement at $58,841; legal at $18,000; general assistance at $47,500; animal control at $11,250; cemeteries at $9,000; Fire Department at $204,036; dispatch at $30,350; highway department at $589,800; and solid waste at $208,275.

Voters approved adopting an ordinance to allow property owners to participate in Efficiency Maine low-interest loans for energy saving improvements. They also OK’d appropriating $4,330 in matching funds to receive a $36,125 grant from Efficiency Maine.

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