Warrant for Special Town Meeting June 10, 2014

Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting  
for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015  
Last Modified 4/30/14            
                 
To………….………………………in the Town of Hollis, County of York and the State of Maine:  
                 
Greetings;               
                 
                 
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby requested to notify and warn the inhabitants of said Town  
of Hollis, qualified to vote in town affairs, to assemble at the Plains Road Fire Station, in said Town on  
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 7 AM in the forenoon to act on Article 1.  The polls will then open to act on  
the following secret ballot articles #2 through #23 and will close at 8 PM in the evening June 10, 2014  
                 
                 
Article 1:  To choose a Moderator to preside at said meeting.      
                 
                 
Article 2:  To choose all necessary elected Town Officials.        
                 
                 
Article 3:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $721,766 for General Government  
    Operations?            
                 
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
0100 Administration   $137,312 $142,000 $147,630 $157,450  
0101 Broadcasting   $2,380 $2,405 $2,536 $2,600  
0102 Town Record Preservation $0 $0 $0 $0  
0103 Treasurer   $43,340 $44,324 $44,960 $43,833  
0104 Town Clerk   $40,151 $39,389 $40,138 $38,143  
0105 Elections   $14,230 $16,200 $16,200 $16,200  
0106 Tax Collector   $48,276 $52,026 $52,979 $53,404  
0150 Legal Fees   $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,000  
0400 Operations and Maintenance $47,762 $47,000 $48,971 $47,938  
1300 Insurance   $151,500 $153,500 $184,631 $217,885  
1600 FICA (Withholding)   $46,400 $56,630 $57,982 $60,586  
1800 Animal Control   $12,000 $12,000 $9,800 $10,331  
2200 Planning Board   $8,000 $8,000 $2,500 $2,500  
2205 Budget Committee   $991 $1,000 $1,000 $1,500  
2298 Veteran's Flags   $402 $400 $600 $700  
2370 Conservation Commission $500 $500 $500 $1,000  
2400 Saco River TV   $12,176 $12,424 $12,250 $14,866  
2500 Code Enforcement   $42,000 $42,250 $44,000 $44,830  
    Totals   $615,420 $638,048 $674,677 $721,766  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $721,766   Yes 634 NO 199    
Selectmen - Recommend  $721,766          
Article 4:   Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $222,015 for The Recreation Department?  
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
1200  Hollis Parks and Recreation $195,829 $214,498 $224,571 $222,015  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $222,015          
Selectmen - Recommend  $222,015   Yes 615 No 227    
                 
                 
                 
Article 5:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $508,641 plus any carry forward for Road   
    & Highway Services?          
                 
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
0500 Snow and Sanding   $219,518 $209,354 $209,429 $243,641  
0600 Highway   $83,059 $56,903 $104,711 $140,000  
0601 Paving   $0 $100,000 $100,000 $125,000  
    Totals   $302,577 $366,257 $414,140 $508,641  
                 
Budget Committee -Recommend $508,641 plus any carry forward      
Selectmen - Recommend  $508,641 plus any carry forward   Yes 735 No 106  
                 
                 
                 
Article 6:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $16,288 for the following    
     Non-Municipal requests?          
                 
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
2299 York County Shelter Progs $500 $450 $700 $700  
2300 Visiting Nurse Service   $3,700 $3,700 $1,850 $1,850  
2301 York County Com. Action $3,400 $3,000 $3,400 $3,400  
2302 Leavitt's Mills Health Care $2,000 $1,800 $1,800 $1,800  
2304 Caring Unlimited   $1,158 $1,000 $1,000 $1,281  
2305 Counseling Services Inc.   $500 $500 $500 $500  
2306 Day One Inc.   $500 $500 $500 $500  
2307 So. Me. Agency on Aging $1,200 $2,000 $2,000 $2,500  
2314 Red Cross   $0 $0 $0 $275  
2315 Buxton-Hollis Historical   $450 $450 $450 $600  
2319 York County Food Rescue $925 $925 $925 $925  
2360 So. Me Regional Planning $1,185 $1,185 $1,221 $1,257  
2395 12 Town Group   $200 $200 $200 $200  
2320 Saco River Corridor Commission $0 $300 $0 $300  
  Maine Public Broadcasting $0 $0 $0 $200  
    Totals   $15,718 $16,010 $14,546 $16,288  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $16,288          
Selectmen - Recommend  $16,288     Yes 639  No 187  
                 
                 
Article 7:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $77,355 for Hollis Libraries?    
                 
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
0800 Salmon Falls Library   $32,273 $38,671.33 $40,510 $42,355  
0810 Hollis Center Library   $27,612 $28,161.00 $29,006 $35,000  
    Totals   $59,885 $66,832.33 $69,516 $77,355  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $77,355          
Selectmen - Recommend $77,355     Yes 583 No 246  
                 
                 
Article 8:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $249,501 for Public Services plus   
    any carry forward?          
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
0900 Solid Waste Disposal   $370,000 $324,000 $304,000 $236,000  
1000 General Assistance   $20,000 $20,000 $15,000 $1  
2000 Street Lights   $13,500 $13,500 $13,500 $13,500  
    Totals   $403,500 $357,500 $332,500 $249,501  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $249,501 plus any carry forward      
Selectmen - Recommend  $249,501 plus any carry forward   Yes 696 No 130  
                 
                 
                 
Article 9:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $1,550  for the following    
     Non-Municipal requests?          
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
2310 Cub Scouts   $850 $850 $850 $850  
2312 Boy Scouts   $700 $700 $700 $700  
    Totals   $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 $1,550  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend $0          
Selectmen - Recommend $1,550     Yes 535 NO 304  
                 
                 
Article 10:  Shall the Town vote to set aside $50,000 from Undesignated Fund Balance to be added  
    to the $100,000 set aside in previous years to help finance the estimated $250,000 cost of   
    the Town's next revaluation?          
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend Passing          
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 532 No 300  
                 
                 
                 
Article 11:  Shall the Town vote to adopt the ordinance titled, Ordinance to Establish a Selectmen /  
     Administrator Form of Government?
                 
Selectmen - Recommend Passing ARTICLE FAILED Yes 372 No 443  
Article 12:  Shall the Town vote to accept and expend the following Estimated and anticipated  
     revenues and reimbursements?          
                 
        11-12 Amt. 12-13 Amt. 13-14 Amt. 14-15 Est.  
  MDOT Block Grant   $62,000 $62,000 $62,000 $62,185  
  CEO Fees   $34,000 $26,800 $26,600 $34,000  
  Dog Fees   $2,000 $2,800 $1,150 $750  
  Excise Taxes   $635,000 $647,000 $660,000 $680,000  
  Rescue Fees   $110,000 $94,000 $90,000 $98,000  
  Parks and Recreation Fees $95,000 $115,280 $135,097 $155,000  
  Misc. Revenues & Reimbursements $98,000 $82,000 $72,300 $65,000  
  BETE Reimbursement   $185,000 $165,000 $148,647 $163,000  
  Homestead Reimbursement $52,000 $52,000 $53,500 $56,000  
  Tree Growth Reimbursement $12,000 $12,000 $21,000 $20,700  
  Veteran's Exemption Reimbursement $1,400 $1,600 $1,800 $2,000  
  State Revenue Sharing   $177,162 $170,000 $161,659 $100,148  
  Cable Franchise Fees   $44,000 $44,000 $42,800 $43,200  
    Totals   $1,507,562 $1,474,480 $1,476,553 $1,479,983  
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend Passing          
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 702 No 132  
                 
                 
Article 13:  Shall the Town vote to accept the State Snowmobile Registration funds and distribute them  
     to the Hollis Snowmobile Clubs for the purpose of maintaining Hollis snowmobile trails?  
                 
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 673   No 144  
                 
                 
Article 14:   Shall the Town vote to authorize the Selectmen and the Tax Collector to:    
                 
    1.  Charge interest on unpaid taxes, determine the rate thereon, set the due date for taxes,  
         and to set the date on which interest shall commence      
         (Tax Collector recommends charging interest at a rate of 7% per annum, that taxes be  
         due and payable in two payments:  The first due on November 05, 2014 and the second  
         due on May 06, 2015, with interest commencing on the first half on November 06, 2014  
         and the second half on May 07, 2015);        
                 
    2.  Accept prepayment of taxes;          
                 
    3.  Set the interest rate to be paid by the Town on the refunded over payment of taxes for  
         the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year  (Tax collector and Selectmen recommend 3%.); and,  
                 
    4.  Apply all tax payments to the oldest outstanding taxes first?      
                 
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 653  No 161  
                 
                 
Article 15:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $484,223 for Emergency Services  
     provided by the Hollis Municipal Fire Department?      
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
        $388,118 $439,378 $458,948 $484,223  
Budget Committee - Recommend $484,223          
Selectmen - Recommend $484,223          
             Yes 703 No 114  
                 
Article 16:  Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $22,232 for the maintenance of the Hollis  
    Sports Complex?            
        11-12 Apr. 12-13 Apr. 13-14 Apr. 14-15 Budget  
        $19,975 $21,871 $22,232 $22,232  
Budget Committee - Recommend $22,232          
Selectmen - Recommend $22,232     Yes  608 No 208  
                 
                 
Article 17:   Shall the Town vote to authorize the Selectmen acting as the Sports Complex     
    Committee to:            
                 
    A.  Accept private monies and or grants to complete the Sports Complex Landscaping  
          Design Plan previously accepted;        
                 
    B.  Accept private donations to complete approved projects and continue the ongoing  
         maintenance at the Sports Complex grounds with the donations being kept in a protected  
         account to be carried forward at the year-end; and,      
                 
    C. Set and charge rental fees and retain these fees (in a protected account) derived from  
         the rental of the Sports Complex fields to help offset maintenance costs?    
            Yes 685 No 120  
                 
Article 18:   Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate $10,000 of the estimated $40,000 cost of  
     necessary repairs, improvements and painting of the Hollis Community Building and the  
     Hollis Town Office, with the balance being paid out of undesignated surplus?    
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend Passing          
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 628 No 212  
                 
                 
Article 19:   Shall the Town vote to pay the Town Budget Committee Members a stipend of $13 per  
    meeting and the elected chair receiving an additional $2 per meeting and appropriate an   
    additional $1,500 to fund these stipends?        
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend Passing          
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 506 No 328  
                 
                 
Article 20:   Shall the Town vote to authorize the Selectmen to utilize up to $250,000 from the Town's   
     undesignated surplus to make emergency repairs to the Town's roads?    
            Yes 697 No 141  
Selectmen - Recommend Passing          
Article 21:   Shall the Town vote to amend The Hollis Budget Committee Ordinance enacted in June   
     of 2002 and last amended in June of 2013, Section 3. Officers, Meetings, Quorum, Procedure   
     paragraph B. as follows? The Budget Committee Chairman must be elected each year and  
     can only serve a maximum of three (3) consecutive years. If a committee member serves as  
     Chairman for three (3) consecutive years, that member will not be eligible to serve as   
     Chairman for the next two (2) consecutive years.      
                 
Budget Committee - Recommend Passing          
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 685 No 145  
                 
Article 22:  Shall the Town vote to adopt the proposed Hollis Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance?  
                 
Selectmen - Recommend Passing     Yes 447 No 341  
                 
                 
Article 23: SHALL THE TOWN OF HOLLIS ACCEPT THE FORMER HOLLIS LEARNING CENTER BUILDING (A.K.A. OLD HOLLIS HIGH SCHOOL), TOGETHER WITH A CONFORMING LOT, BACK FROM MSAD #6, TO BE REPURPOSED FOR USE AS THE HOLLIS COMMUNITY CENTER, AND  
     
     
    (1) APPROPRIATE $20,000 (twenty thousand dollars) from the Town's undesignated  
     fund balance for the initial expenses, and  
    (2) CREATE a dedicated revenue account specifically to receive and release monies for  
     the purpose of this initiative, and  
    (3) AUTHORIZE the selectmen to appoint an adjunct committee on behalf of the citizens  
     of the Town of Hollis whose purpose and authority shall be to manage all aspects of  
     funding, building rehabilitation, and use of the Hollis Community Center (a.k.a. Hollis  
     Learning Center and Hollis High School), and  
    (4) DIRECT the selectmen to appoint to said committee one (1) selectman; two (2)  
     members of Community Heritage Alliance of Rural Maine; and four (4) members of   
     the community-at-large, at least one of whom will represent recreational activities and  
     one of whom will represent seniors, and  
    (5) REQUIRE that the selectmen appoint said committee and arrange for an initial  
     meeting prior to June 30, 2014?  
                 
This article appears on the Ballot as the result of a citizen’s initiative.      
Selectmen - Do Not Recommend     Yes 434 No 383  
                 
Signed this 30th day of April, 2014          
                 
s/ signature on file            
Irving "Ben" Severance, Selectman          
                 
s/signature on file            
David McCubrey, Selectman            
                 
s/signature on file            
Brian N. Atkinson, Selectman            
        Martha E. Huff, Hollis Town Clerk