MINUTES OF THE TOWN MEETING

OCTOBER 7, 2006

 The meeting was held at the Town of Frye Island Community Center on High Point Drive

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM by Wayne Fournier, Town Clerk

 

Article 1: To vote by written ballot to choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.

A motion was made by Nancy Keup and seconded by Pat Karpacz to nominate Joe Potts as Moderator. There were no other nominations.

Grace Morin and Bobbie Aranyi were sworn in as ballot clerks by Lisa Kerrigan, Deputy Town Clerk

There were five (5) votes cast for Joe Potts

Joe Potts was sworn in as Moderator by Lisa Kerrigan, Deputy Town Clerk.

 A motion was made by Oleg Svetlichny and seconded by Dave Treacy to adopt the following procedures for the meeting:

 

1.        To utilize the Maine Moderator's Manual in the conduct of business,

2.        To follow the guidelines established by MMA for Town Meetings & Elections,

3.         To incorporate the vote of the Board of Island Trustees into the Town Meeting
     flow of business when appropriate, and

4.        To limit the discussion of any person to no more than 3 minutes per issue.

5.        To allow Board members and Town officials to speak at the meeting.

 

The Motion passed unanimously.

The Town meeting was recessed to convene the Frye Island Inc Stockholders meeting. Senator Bill Diamond was introduced and spoke briefly prior to beginning the meeting.

The Town Meeting was reconvened following the FII Stockholders meeting.
 

 Article 2: To vote by written ballot to elect one person to a three year term to the Board of Selectmen.

Names in Nomination

John Nun

 

A motion made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Ed Charrette to place article 2 before the voters.

John Nun’s name was placed in nomination for re-election.

There were no nominations from the floor. John Nun was re-elected with 11 votes cast.

The Town meeting was placed in Recess the BIT Meeting was called to order

 

Article 3: To vote by written ballot to elect one person to a three year term to the Board of Island Trustees.

Names in Nomination
Robert Miner
 

 

A motion was made by Ed Charrette and seconded by Harry McCarty to place article 3 before the voters. Bob Miner’s name was placed in nomination. There were no nominations from the floor. Bob Miner was elected with 54 votes cast.

James O’Connor, the outgoing BIT representative, was recognized and thanked for his service.

Article 4: To see if the registered voters of the Town of Frye Island will vote to appropriate $189,531 from municipal revenues; and raise and appropriate from property taxes $759,578 for municipal services and $982,432 for non-municipal services for 2007. (This total for municipal services includes $71,440 which will be deposited into the “Water Reserve” for the purpose of updating the municipal water system).

A motion was made by Debbie Anthony and seconded by Harry McCarty to place article 4 before the voters. Town Manager Wayne Fournier presented the budget for the General Government operation and answered questions from the floor.

Article 4 passed with 70 in favor and 0 opposed.

 

The BIT Meeting was placed in recess - the Town Meeting was reconvened
 

A motion was made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Oleg Svetlichny to call article 4. There was no discussion.
         Article 4 passed 20 in favor – 0 opposed.

 

The Town Meeting was placed in Recess the BIT Meeting was called to order.

 

A suggestion was made by moderator Joe Potts to vote on articles 5 through 10 together.

 

Article 5: To see if the Voters of Frye Island will vote to establish semi annual tax payments for 2007. The first payment of ½ the taxes owed to be due and payable on December 31st 2006 and the second half to be due and payable on June 30, 2007.

Article 6: To see if the Voters of Frye Island will vote to set the highest interest rate allowed by law for all overdue taxes.

Article 7: To see if the Town will vote to authorize and direct the Selectmen and Treasurer, at their discretion, to sell by sealed bid or public auction and convey by quit-claim deed, any real estate acquired from tax sources by the Town, or to convey the property to the prior owner upon payment in full of all taxes, interest and charges incurred by the Town.  Selectmen reserve the right to reject any and all bids.

Article 8: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen and the Treasurer, on behalf of the Town and any of the Town’s departments, to accept gifts, real estate, donations, and other funds, including trust funds that may be given or left to the Town, and to grant the Selectmen the further authority to expend such sums of money as they deem necessary from these donations or for their designated purposes.  These expenditures may be reflected outside of the Town’s approved budget.

Article 9: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen and the Treasurer to accept and expend, on behalf of the Town, any Federal or State funds received in the form of grants during its fiscal year.

Article 10:To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to expend such sums of money as they deem necessary from the designated Capital Reserve accounts for their designated purposes. These expenditures may be reflected outside of the Town’s approved budget.

A motion was made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Phil Perry to place Articles 5 through 10 before the voters. There was no discussion.

Articles 5 through 10 passed unanimously.

 

The BIT Meeting was placed in recess - the Town Meeting was reconvened
 

A motion was made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Oleg Svetlichny to place Articles 5 through 10 before the voters. There was no discussion and Articles 5 through 10 passed unanimously.

 

The Town meeting was placed in Recess the BIT Meeting was called to order.

 

Article 11: To see if the Town will vote to revise the Land Use Ordinance as follows:

 

Paul Peterson, Chair of the Planning Board, presented the three articles involving the Land Use Ordinances.

 

Changes to Definition, Administration and Enforcement of Building Permits

 

Definition

Substantial Start: Completion of fifty percent (50%) thirty percent (30%) or more of a permitted structure, measured as a percentage of the total cost to construct, estimated value to complete, within 12 calendar months of the issuance of the building permit.

 

§ 101–I–11.  Administration and Enforcement
 

D.        Building Permits
 

3.   The Building Permit shall be valid for two (2) years from the date of issue.

a.   A substantial start must be completed within twelve (12) calendar months or the permit shall become null and void. At the time of issuance of the building permit, a definition of 50% completion for the project will be determined and made a part of the permit.

b.   If construction has not been completed and an Occupancy Permit obtained within the twenty-four (24) calendar months, month period, the permit shall become null and void.

c.   If construction has not been completed, and no Occupancy Permit obtained according to a and b above, a new permit shall be applied for and the then current fee paid.

4.   All building permits heretofore issued shall be subject to the provisions of this ordinance.

A motion was made by Phil Perry and seconded by Pat Karpacz to place Article 11 before the voters.

Article 11 passed with 37 voting in favor and 32 opposed.

 

The BIT Meeting was placed in recess - the Town Meeting was reconvened

A motion was made by Dave Treacy and seconded by Kathy Potts to place Article 11 before the voters.

Article 11 passed with 15 votes in favor and 9 votes opposed

 

The Town meeting was placed in Recess the BIT Meeting was called to order.

 

Article 12: To see if the Town will vote to revise the Land Use Ordinance by adding the following:

 

Definition, Administration and Enforcement of Road Opening

 

 

      Definition:

Road Opening: Any new or improved opening, excavation, repair, alteration, or driveway cut into the Roads and their corresponding rights-of-way, owned or regulated by the Town. 

 

§ 101–I–4.  General Standards

T.         Road Opening Section 101-I-4T

Any road opening must be approved by the Town or its designee(s) in advance.  See Section 101-I-11C for fines and penalties.

 

A motion was made by Laura Crosby and seconded by Pat Karpacz to place Article 12 before the voters.

Article 12 passed with 29 votes in favor and 3 votes opposed.

 

The BIT Meeting was placed in recess - the Town Meeting was reconvened

A motion was made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Dick Norris to place Article 12 before the voters.

Article 12 passed with 18 votes in favor and 2 votes opposed.

 

The Town meeting was placed in Recess the BIT Meeting was called to order.

 

Article 13: To see if the Town will vote to revise the Land Use Ordinance by adding the following:

 

Administration and Enforcement of Tree Removal on Unimproved Lots

§ 101–I–4.  General Standards

S.        Tree removal   Section 101-I-4-S

On unimproved lots, removal of trees larger than 2" in diameter measured at 4 1/2 feet above ground level -- other than to remove hazards, establish a driveway not to exceed 30' in length, and/or to construct a path no more than 3' in width -- is prohibited.

 

This does not prohibit tree removal in conjunction with a building permit for a dwelling unit.  See Section 101-I-11C for fines and penalties.

 

A motion was made by Laura Crosby and seconded by Dave Treacy to place Article 13 before the voters. Following considerable discussion, the vote was called.

Article 13 failed to pass with 33 votes in favor and 42 votes opposed.

 

In accordance with the Charter, this article was not presented to the Town voters because it did not pass at the BIT level.

 

 

Article 14: To see if the Board of Island Trustees will vote to set the cost of a round trip ferry ticket at $24.00 with a 50% discount for property owners in good standing.

A motion was made by Oleg Svetlichny and seconded by Harry McCarty to place Article 14 before the voters. Town Manager Wayne Fournier presented the ferry budget explaining how the ticket price was determined and answered questions from the floor.,

Article 14 passed with a vote of 60 in favor and 5 opposed.

 

Ed Charrette reported that he had inherited the tradition of passing the hat for the volunteer fire department from the late Ron Weir and this year $589.25 had been collected.

 

A motion to adjourn was made by Ernie Wrzesinsky and seconded by Ed Charrette. The motion passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 12:30 PM.

 

Respectively submitted:

 

Wayne Fournier, Town Clerk