CHESTERVILLE — Selectmen on Thursday the warrant for a special town meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

Voters will be asked to reappropriate the $1,000 raised and appropriated for the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers to the Recreation Committee. The money will be used for a townwide event. Because the event is not a Homemakers project, that organization cannot accept the money, town officials were advised.

Another article asks voters to raise $5,000 for additional office supplies and modifications. Needed are internet technology upgrades, a separate server for the town’s computers, a firewall to complete the changeover to have Androscoggin Bank’s services, security cameras and a new water heater at the Town Hall.

Voters in March approved $50,000 for Public Works equipment purchases, with $25,000 of it raised and the rest financed. On June 1, voters will be given two options: raise and appropriate the $25,000 from taxes or taking it from surplus.

Treasurer Erin Norton said if voters choose to raise the money through taxation, the full amount will be used to determine the tax commitment, even if the equipment costs less.

“If taken from surplus, only the amount used will be pulled,” Norton said.


Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Tiffany Estabrook said if extra money was raised, it could be put in a reserve account for the department.

Voters will also be asked to override LD 1, the property tax levy limit. A secret ballot is required by law. No action was taken in March because the town was $5,000 below the tax limit. 

“Overriding LD 1 will resolve the issue without having to recalculate everything,” Norton said.

In other business Thursday, the board authorized the purchase of a computer server and firewall protection. The latter is needed by Androscoggin Bank before online payments can be offered.

The board also appointed Erin Norton as General Assistance director. No one else has the necessary training and she is willing to fill in.

It was recommended that Town Clerk Pamela Griswold and Deputy Town Clerk Rachel Heseltine attend a Sept. 14 training.

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