WEST PARIS – Selectmen on Thursday scheduled a special town meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, to vote on three money matters and elect a selectman.

The first article asks voters if they will approve appropriating $7,000 from the miscellaneous overlay account to cover an anticipated increase in administrative costs for the coming year.

Town Clerk Cheryl Shattenberg said it stems from an increase in her wages voted by the board recently, and an increase in overtime caused by an ongoing audit to redo the books from 2002.

Another article asks voters to approve money to cover the special audit that is under way to iron out bookkeeping discrepancies.

The warrant also includes an article asking voters if they are willing to accept a grant of $1,000 from Wal-Mart for fire department training.

Residents will also elect a selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor to finish the term of Toby Whitman. The term expires in March 2005.

Whitman resigned, saying he no longer has time to serve due to business obligations.

The meeting will be held in the gymnasium at the Agnes Gray School on Main Street.

In other business, selectmen scheduled the 2004 town meeting Monday, March 1. This is a change from Saturday meetings and gives people whose Sabbath falls on Saturday a chance to attend. An article will be included in the warrant asking voters’ their preference for a meeting day.

Appointed as members of the Planning Board for three years were Kenneth Poland and Claire Gelinis, and Leon Baker as an alternate for three years. The appointments bring the board to full strength.


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