TOWN OF FRYE ISLAND, MAINE

MINUTES OF TOWN MEETING

October 10, 1998

The location of the meeting was the Frye Island Community Center Building.

Conrad Theberge, Frye Island Town Clerk, called the meeting to order at 1:00 P. M.

Frye Islanders who spoke at the Town Meeting were—John Crosby, Peter Huchthausen, Carlton Hommel, Ernest Wrzesinsky, Mark Thomas, Richard Giggey, Christopher Gruner, James O’Connor, Clarice Andrews, Jane Arsenault, Jeannine Young, Robert Giggey, Patricia Gruner, Henry McCarthy, Steven Aranyi, Robert Fogg, Barbara Aranyi, James Frederick, Oleg Svetlichny.

 WARRANT ARTICLE 1—To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.

Nominations taken from the floor—1st nomination was Fred Gruner nominated by Ernest Wrzesinsky and second by John Crosby. 2nd nomination was Andrew Broaddus nominated by Oleg Svetlichny and 2nd by Carlton Hommel. Voting took place by written ballot. 22 votes were cast for Andrew Broaddus and 20 votes were cast for Fred Gruner. Conrad Theberge, Town Clerk, swore in Andrew Broaddus.

Motion on the floor allowing all owners voice their opinions and concerns with a time limit of 3minutes. Motion made by Fred Gruner and 2nd by Patricia Gruner. Motion Carried.

Motion on the floor to accept Maine Moderators Rules. Motion made by Ernest Wrzesinsky and second by John Crosby. Motion Carried

WARRANT ARTICLE 2—To vote to see if the Town will approve the recommended 1999 budget appropriations of $531,819.00, a tax commitment of $525,609.00, and a mil rate of $17.00 per thousand (identical to the previous Standish mil rate).

James Kuiken made the motion and Harold Hadley second. Motion Carried.

WARRANT ARTICLE 3—to vote by secret ballot on the following; "shall the Town of Frye Island approve the new Charter recommended by the Charter Commission, becoming effective at the beginning of the next fiscal year (January 1, 1999)."

Motion made by Herman Faulk and seconded by Oleg Svetlichny. Motion Carried.

The polls were opened at 1:30PM and closed at 5:30PM. One person registered to vote during the 4 hours that the polls were opened. Carlton Hommel and Christa Mueller counted ballots. Conrad Theberge, Town Clerk, swore in ballot personnel. The ballot totals for Article 3 were 32 in favor and 15 opposed.

WARRANT ARTICLE 4—To vote to see if the Town will accept

  1. all of the assets and liabilities of the Frye Island Municpal Services Corporation (MSC) as of 12-31-1998,
  2. to collect all past due MSC taxes,
  3. to collect the 1999 taxes approved at the 10-10-98 MSC Voters’ meeting (budget appropriations of $663,212.00, a tax commitment of $479,222.00, and a mil rate of $15.50 per thousand) as an increase to the Town mil rate, and
  4. To assume all of the MSC operating responsibilities effective January 1, 1999.

Motion on the floor to amend this warrant conditioned on the charter being passed. Motion was made by Carl Hommel and second by Susan Mattern. Motion carried on the amendment. Robert Fogg moved discussions close. Carl Hommel made the motion to accept and Robert Fogg second. Motion Carried.

WARRANT ARTICLE 5—to vote to establish the first day in January as the time when taxes are due to the Town for that fiscal year and allow a taxpayer to pay the tax bill in two equal installments due on the first day in January and the first day in July without any late payment charges.

James Kuiken made the motion and Carl Hommel second. Motion Carried.

WARRANT ARTICLE 6—to vote to see if the Voters will approve a 10% interest rate to be charged on late taxes, starting January 1, 1999 (which is in accord with the State of Maine guidelines).

Robert Fogg made the motion and Patricia Gruner second. Motion Carried.

WARRANT ARTICLE 7—to vote to authorize the Planning Board and the Board of Appeals to each have the authority to delay any business during the period of November through April, when the Island is not easily accessible, to the May timeframe.

Motion made by Oleg Svetlichny and second by Rene Mattern. Motion Carried.

WARRANT ARTICLE 8—To vote to authorize the Selectmen to establish names for the roads on Frye Island to meet the E911 requirements and to appoint the necessary official to manage the process with various State organizations.

Amendment to change official to the Fire Chief—motions made by John Crosby and second by Rene Mattern on the amendment. Motion Carried on the amendment. Motion on the changed Article made by Oleg Svetlichny and second by Kathy Potts. Motion Carried.

To vote to adjourn – Motion made by Ernest Wrzesinsky and second by Susan Mattern.

Town Meeting adjourned at 5:45 PM

Conrad Theberge
Town Clerk