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SPECIAL TOWN MEETINGS
AND CONTINUING ACTIONS
AUTHORIZED BY THE VOTERS


Special Town Meeting 31 July 2001 (Dock Ramp Usage Fee)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles authorized the Selectmen to devise, establish and collect a Dock Ramp Usage Fee for all vehicles delivered to Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry Islands, with such collected funds held in an escrow account for repair, maintenance or replacement of the ramps on each island as wear and usage dictate.  This authorization is continuing year to year as part of the Selectmen's normal administrative duties.


Special Town Meeting 4 April 2003 (Purchase of Singh Home, Southwest Harbor)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles voted "to authorize a majority of the Selectmen to purchase land with encumbrances consisting of approximately 20,000 square feet, more or less, together with building, fixtures and equipment located at 102 Shore Road, Southwest Harbor, Hancock County, Maine, being a portion of the land as described in Book 3003, Page 208 of the Hancock County Registry of Deeds and being the subject of a 'First Refusal Covenant' dated 22 November 2002, between the Singh Company, a Florida Corporation of Key West, in the County of Monroe, State of Florida, with a mailing address of 279 Golf Club Drive, Key West, Florida 33040 and Village at Hawkes Cay, Inc., a Florida Corporation of Key West, County of Monroe, State of Florida, with a mailing address of 279 Golf Club Drive, Key West, Florida 33040 ('Grantor') and the Inhabitants of Cranberry Isles for a purchase price of $722,500 under the terms of a certain Purchase and Sale Agreement, and further authorize the Selectmen to borrow on behalf of the Town a principal amount not to exceed $750,000 for principal, legal fees and associated expenses from a financial institution offering a competitive interest rate for a single or multiyear loan to purchase this property, and further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend federal, state or other grants and take any and all actions and execute any and all contracts and documents necessary or convenient to borrow funds or issue notes on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles, and further authorize the Selectmen to subsequently sell the above property, or portion thereof, for a price which will diminish all loans or other expenses associated with this purchase by at least $650,000, which is determined and found to be a valuable and necessary public purpose and service for the residents of the Town of Cranberry Isles; this vote to be original authority for the actions authorized hereby."


Special Town Meeting 4 April 2003 (Repair of Great Cranberry Public Wharf)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles voted "to authorize a majority of the Selectmen to borrow on behalf of the Town a principal amount not to exceed $190,000 from a financial institution offering a competitive interest rate for a single or multiyear load for the purpose of making repairs to the Great Cranberry Island Public Wharf as described in an overview contained in the Annual Town Report 2003, pages 17 through 20, and further authorize the Selectmen to apply for, accept and expend federal, state or other grants and take any and all actions and execute any and all contracts and documents necessary or convenient to borrow funds or issue notes on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles, which is determined and found to be a valuable and necessary public purpose and service for the residents of the Town of Cranberry Isles; this vote to be original authority for the actions authorized hereby."


Continuing Authorizations


Town Meeting 11 March 2002 (Abandoned Vehicles)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles appropriated the sum of $5,000 to be placed in escrow for three years by the Town Treasurer for the removal from the islands of motor vehicles that in the determination of the Selectmen have been junked or abandoned.  The Selectmen may draw upon these funds as necessary to collect, transport, and dispose of these vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes, as amended.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.


Town Meeting 11 March 2002 (Motor Vehicle Statute Enforcement)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles authorized the Town Treasurer to transfer, on a continuing annual basis, the sum of $1,500 from annual excise tax collections to a separate account called "Motor Vehicle Statute Enforcement"; and that these funds may be dispersed by the Selectmen to various County and State law enforcement agencies for payment of their services in coming to the islands for the purpose of motor vehicle law enforcement.


Town Meeting 11 March 2002 (Disposal of Town Property)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles authorized the Selectmen to dispose of Town owned personal property with a value of $2,500 or less under such terms and conditions as they deem advisable.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.


Town Meeting 11 March 2002 (Worker's Compensation)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles authorized the Board of Selectmen to join with other participating municipal and quasi-municipal employers to group self-insure for the provision of worker's compensation benefits, as authorized by 39-A, M.R.S.A., § 403, said group to be known as the "Maine Municipal Association Worker's Compensation Fund" (fund); and for that purpose and in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements among participating employers, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a Fund Indemnity Agreement on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles and take whatever other actions may be necessary.  The authority granted herein shall continue until revoked.


Town Meeting 10 March 2003 (Sand & Salt Shed Construction)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles appropriated the sum of $12,000 for Year 2003 to be added to funds already held in escrow for construction of sand/salt buildings on Islesford and Great Cranberry Islands.  These funds are for installation of 200 amperes, 230 volt, electrical service to each building, currently under design by Chris Wriggins, architect, to support trash compactor equipment which will located alongside each facility.


Town Meeting 10 March 2003 (Parking Lot Lease with Town of Mount Desert)
The voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles authorized "the Selectmen to enter into a multi-year leasing agreement with the Town of Mount Desert for the "Cranberry Isles Parking Lot (123 spaces)" in Northeast Harbor for a yearly leasing fee to be negotiated with the Town of Mount Desert.  This annual fee will be divided by 123 and is the annual fee to be paid by those wishing to rent a parking spot in Northeast Harbor."

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