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TOWN OF CRANBERRY ISLES
Annual Town Meeting
THE WARRANT 2004

State of Maine
County of Hancock, ss.

To: A Constable of the Town of Cranberry Isles, in said County

GREETINGS:
In the name of the State of Maine you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Cranberry Isles, qualified to vote in Town affairs to meet at the Islesford Neighborhood House, on Little Cranberry Island, in said Town on the 8th day (Second Monday) of March AD 2004, at 09:00 AM to act on the following articles, to wit:

ARTICLE: [Items marked in Black and italics represent voter approved action or modification to an Article.]

1. To elect by ballot a moderator to preside at said meeting per Title 30-A. M.R.S.A. 2525 (1A)       Barbara Fernald, Little Cranberry Island elected as moderator.

2. PASSED.  To elect by ballot a Town Clerk for the ensuing year per Title 30-A. M.R.S.A. §2525(2) and to vote compensation.
         Recommended:$4,500 (1000 hours/year or $4.50/hour)
         Proposed increase of $1000; the Selectmen recommend approval.

3. To elect by ballot a Selectman for a term of three years per Title 30-A. M.R.S.A § 2525, 2526, & 2528  (Term expiring: Richard F. Beal)

4. To vote compensation for all Selectmen for the ensuing year.
         Recommended: $1,700 for the Chairman, $1,400 for others.
         No change from 2001, the Selectmen recommend approval.

5. To elect by ballot a Town Treasurer for the ensuing year per Title 30-A, M.R.S.A. 2525(2) and to vote compensation.
         Recommended: $5,200 (500 hours/year or $10.40/hour)
         Proposed increase of $400.00; the Selectmen recommend approval.

6. To elect by ballot a Collector of Taxes and Collector of Excise Taxes for the ensuing year and to vote compensation.
         Recommended: 2.5% of general taxes, 7% of excise taxes

7. To elect by ballot a member of the Superintending School Committee for a term of three years per Title 30-A. M.R.S.A. 2525 (1C.)
         (Term expiring: Leslie Horvath)

8. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to approve the creation of two new town employee positions whose jobs descriptions are listed in the 2003 Town Report, whose salary and part time/full time status shall be established by the Board of Selectmen as work requirements dictate, and whose supervisor shall be an elected municipal official:
         a. Deputy Town Clerk
         b. Facilites Maintenance Supervisor

9. To vote the hourly rate of pay for Town officials and employees.
         Recommended: $12.00 to $20.00 at the discretion of the Board of Selectmen for the type of work performed. No change from the last three years.

10. To vote the hourly rate of pay for snow removal employees.
         Recommended: $15.00 No change from previous four years.

11. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to approve changing the Town's fiscal accounting year from "calendar" (1 January to 31 December) to mid-year (1 July to 30 June) with ½ of the proposed Operations Budget in this Warrant 2004 applicable.  This would put Town Operations on the same fiscal basis as the School Department and provide greater opportunity for citizens to participate in Town government.  The annual Town Meetings, normally held on the second Monday of March, would in the future be held on the second Monday of August of each year.  Tax bills for the first six months of 2004 would be issued in June 2004, with tax bills covering the July 2004 through June 2005 period being issued in September 2004 following the August 2004 Town Meeting.

12. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to collect interest at the rate of 6.75% (six and three quarters percent) on all taxes not paid by December 1, 2004.  Municipalities may, by vote, determine the rate of interest that shall apply to taxes that become delinquent during taxable year 2004 until those taxes are paid in full.  The maximum rate of interest that can be charged per Title 36, M.R.S.A., § 505.4 is 6.75%.

13. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to allow a 2% (two percent) discount on all taxes which are paid in full within 30 days of the date shown on the original bill as submitted by the Tax Collector.

14. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to sign a 5 month lease agreement with the Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland, Maine for use of Church owned land on Joy Road, in Northeast Harbor, for parking by residents of and visitors to the Cranberry Isles.

15. To elect by ballot two members of the Shellfish Conservation Committee to serve for a period of three years each. Terms expiring: Robert Phillips and Kelly Sanborn.
         Ballot #1: Replacement for Robert Phillips
         Ballot #2: Replacement for Kelly Sanborn

16. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to obtain design and engineering assistance and then to construct a public restroom facility at the Great Cranberry Island town parking lot, in replacement of the present open holding tank facility, the design of which shall meet state and federal environmental laws and building codes, with funds for construction to be borrowed competitively in a four year municipal note from a regional bank.  Construction costs are not anticipated to exceed $54,000.

17. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to join with other communities in support of the not-for-profit Island Explorer transportation bus system by appropriating the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500).
         The Selectmen recommend approval.

18. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to:

A. authorize the Town Treasurer to accept on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles funds donated in Year 2003 and subsequent years by federal and state entities and private individuals, foundations, and institutions in support of the Southwest Harbor (Manset), Maine municipal parking and marine facility, and that such funds will be held in one or more interest bearing bank accounts separate from the General Fund, and
B. authorize the Selectmen to spend donated funds received in 18A above and not otherwise restricted, for the reduction of Manset Intermodal Transportation Facility bond debt principal on an annual basis for the purpose of reducing property taxes, and
C. authorize the Selectmen to spend federal and state grant funds according to the terms and conditions stipulated by federal and state grantor agencies.

19. Note: If Article 11 above is voted affirmatively, then Article 19A. is moot and Article 19B shall be considered in its place:

19A. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer to expend funds in January 2005, February 2005, and March 2005 equal in the aggregate to 3/12th of the Operations Budget approved for the Year 2004.  This authorization will permit the Treasurer to prepare Financial Warrants for approval by the Board of Selectmen, prepare checks and legally pay bills pending approval of the entire Operations Budget by the voters in March 2005.

19B. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer to expend funds in July 2004 and August 2004 equal in the aggregate to 2/12th of the Operations Budget approved for the first half of 2004.  This authorization will permit the Treasurer to prepare Financial Warrants for approval by the Board of Selectmen, prepare checks and legally pay bills pending approval of the entire Operations Budget by the voters in August 2004 covering the period July 2004/August 2004.

20. Schools:

20A. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the School Committee to transfer the sum of $40,000.00 from the Tuition Reserve account to the 2004-2005 budget to offset secondary school tuition expenses.

20B. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004, and ending on June 30, 2005, from the foundation allocation, debt service allocation, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, local appropriations, state subsidy, and other receipts for the support of schools.

         School Committee recommends: $303,800

20C. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will appropriate from the foundation allocation for school purposes [Recommended $137,936] and to see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise as the local share of the foundation allocation for the period July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.

         School Committee recommends: $132,436

20D. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will raise in additional local funds for school purposes for the period July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005.

         School Committee recommends: $68,173

         Items 20C. and 20D. will raise the local share: ($200,609)

20E. In addition to the amount in Item 20A, shall the Town of Cranberry Isles appropriate and authorize the School Committee to expend additional state, federal and other funds received during the fiscal year 2004-2005 for school purposes, provided that such additional funds do not require the expenditure of local funds not previously appropriated?

         Funds received during the current fiscal year: $54,492
         School Committee recommends passage.

20F. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to have the Islesford School remain open for the 2004-2005 school year with a projected enrollment of approximately nine (9) students.

         School Committee recommends passage.

20G. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the School Committee to have the Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island remain open for the 2004-2005 school year with an unknown projected enrollment.

         School Committee recommends passage.

20H. Shall the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles vote to authorize the School Committee to transfer any monies (up to $100,000) received for Medicaid reimbursement, starting July 1, 2004 to the Emergency Special Education reserve?

         School Committee recommends passage.

21. Waste Management:

21A. To see if the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote (i) to authorize and confirm the Town as a charter member of the Municipal Review Committee, Inc. ("MRC"), organized as a nonprofit corporation and acting as a regional association to manage solid waste disposal pursuant to Title 13-B and Title 38 of the Maine Revised Statues, as amended (and specifically Section 1304-B (5-A of Title 38), and (ii) to authorize MRC to hold, manage, apply or direct the cash distributions to be received from time to time by MRC on behalf of the Town from the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company ("PERC") for such purposes as may be declared in the MRC bylaws and/or the Charter Municipality Waste Disposal Agreement, all of the foregoing as permitted under Section 1304-B (5-A) of Title 38 of the Maine Revised Statues.

21B. To see if the Town of Cranberry Isles will approve a Charter Municipality Waste Disposal Agreement with Penobscot Energy Recovery Company ("PERC") and authorize a majority of the Selectmen or their duly authorized designee to execute and deliver on behalf of the Town, a Charter Municipality Waste Disposal Agreement with PERC substantially in the form on file with the Town Clerk and posted with this Article and to execute and deliver such other documents and take such actions which they deem necessary or appropriate to effect the transactions described in such Agreement.

22.

22A: To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize selectmen to terminate or modify the sales agreement with the Knowles Company of Northeast Harbor, Maine, sales agent for the former Singh property, 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 as described in book 3003, page 208, of the Hancock County, Maine Registry of Deeds

22B: To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize selectmen to negotiate the sale of some or all of the property described in 22A, subject to final approval of any such sale at a future town meeting and to extend the current financing until said sale is consummated.

Note: The original Article 22 was modified from the floor during Town Meeting, by splitting into parts A and B.  The above is the modified version which was passed by the voters.

Note: This property was purchased, pursuant to a Special Town Meeting vote on 4 April 2003, with $750,000 of funds provided by Bar Harbor Banking and Trust Company on 18 April 2003 in a one-year Promissory Note at an interest rate of Two and Three One Hundredths Percent (2.03%).  If this Article 22 is approved, the Selectmen recommend repayment of the loan over a period of ten years which would equate to an increase in the tax mil rate of .000557 or 55.7 cents per $1000 in property valuation.

PASSED: 23. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will by ballot vote to:

23A. Create a municipal fire department pursuant to authority of Title 30-A M.R.S.A § 3152 with the method of fire protection being primarily "support of volunteer fire associations" within the Town of Cranberry Isles.  This fire department shall be called the "Cranberry Isles Fire Department" and all funds annually appropriated by the voters in support of the Municipal Fire Department shall be carried forward annually in a separate financial account and not made part of the General Fund.  The Town of Cranberry Isles shall lease all current buildings, equipment, and accessories associated with these volunteer fire associations for an initial period of five years for a lease amount of $1.00 per year, thereby assuming all maintenance, insurance, and upkeep costs; with all future expenditure for firefighting equipment owned by the Town of Cranberry Isles.

23B. Create five (5) Fire Protection Zones with Zone 1: Great CranberryIsland, Zone 2: Little Cranberry Island, Zone 3: Sutton, Zone 4: Bear, and Zone 5: Baker Island.  Each fire protection zone shall be served by a volunteer fire association with a Fire Chief as required in Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3153.  Each Fire Chief shall exercise in the fire chief's fire protection zone all powers and duties of a municipal fire chief and shall control and direct all municipal and volunteer firefighters in the performance of firefighting operations within the fire chief's fire protection zone.  Should a volunteer fire association within a designated Fire Protection Zone dissolve or fails in the considered judgment of the Selectmen to maintain an organization capable of providing fire protection to residents and property, then the Selectmen are authorized to take such protective actions as they consider necessary for temporary fire protection, until the voters of the Town are next able to consider a remedy.

23C. Authorize the membership of each volunteer fire association, in each Fire Protection Zone within the Town of Cranberry Isles, to elect a Fire Chief in accordance with Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3153, whose duties are delineated in public law, whose term is for a period proscribed in the By-Laws of each volunteer fire association, whose compensation shall be determined by the Board of Selectmen as authorized by public law and he/she shall commit public funds in support of their respective fire associations pursuant to budgets appropriated by the voters and authorized in payment by the municipal Selectmen.  Should a volunteer fire association cease to exist, then the Board of Selectmen are authorized by this vote to appoint a Municipal Fire Chief for the affected Fire Protection Zone as required by public law. Each Fire Chief shall be authorized to carry a badge bearing the name of the Town and his/her duties and powers pursuant to public law are:

Duties:
A. Direct and control all municipal and volunteer firefighters in the performance of firefighting operations within the municipality (Fire Protection Zone) except as provided in Titles 12 and 25.
B. Provide a training program for firefighters within the municipality in cooperation with appropriate governmental agencies.
C. Provide for the maintenance of all fire equipment owned or leased by the municipality and buildings used by the municipal fire department.
D. Prepare and submit annually to the chief administrative official of the municipality an annual budget relating to fire protection activities and equipment for approval; and
E. Suppress disorder and tumult at the scene of a fire and generally direct all operations to prevent further destruction and damage.

Powers:
A. Unless otherwise provided by charter or ordinance, employ all municipal firefighters, appoint a deputy and other officers in a municipal fire department and remove them for cause after notice and hearing;
B. With the approval of the municipal officers, adopt administrative regulations relating to municipal fire protection, consistent with Title 30-A. M.R.S.A. 3153 and municipal ordinances;
C. Obtain assistance from persons at the scene of a fire to extinguish the fire and protect persons and property from injury; and
D. Pull down and demolish structures and appurtenances if the fire chief judges it necessary to prevent the spread of fire.

24. Municipal Facilities Commission (Charter and Membership)

24A. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will by ballot vote to authorize a seven member "Municipal Facilities Commission" with the following Charter and with membership elected by the voters of the Town for three year terms. Members may serve more than one term, however, for the initial election: three positions for three years each, two positions for two years each and two positions for one year each.

Municipal Facilities Charter

PREAMBLE: That the Town of Cranberry Isles, by act of its elected Selectmen and vote of the citizens at Town Meeting 2004, and pursuant to State Home Rule Authority, Title 30-A M.R.S.A. 3001, creates and authorizes a board of seven volunteers, to be called the Municipal Facilities Commission, composed of property owners within the Town of Cranberry Isles, with the following duties, responsibilities, and authority as described below.  Meetings may be conducted by teleconferencing in order to achieve a quorum of five members.  Members will be elected by the voter of the Town for three year terms with members able to serve more than one term.

1. Coordinates overall municipal facility activities and operations, within the Town of Cranberry Isles, including owned or leased Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor land, and harbor management interests for the Town of Cranberry Isles.

2. Determine specific issues, interests, and concerns of Town residents that will provide on-going structure for establishing priority actions at Commission meetings requiring attention by the Board of Selectmen:

        PARKING: This includes operating the parking lots (Joy Street, Manset, and Northeast Harbor) and managing the rental properties the town owns everywhere (Town land on islands and on mainland).

        RESTROOMS: There are Town restrooms in Manset, Great Cranberry public parking lot, and at the Islesford Restaurant dock.

        SAND AND SALT SHEDS: New sand and salt sheds are to be constructed on Great and Little Cranberry Islands.

        WHARVES AND FLOATS: These are found at Manset and on the islands of Sutton, Great and Little Cranberry.  Additionally, the MFC shall be the direct interface with the appointed Harbor Master(s), until such time as a formal Harbor Committee is instituted with associated Harbor Ordinance.

3. Identify and hire, with concurrence of the Selectmen, one individual as Town of Cranberry Isles employee for the purpose of assisting the Commission in its work.  Selectmen will review specific duties and job description, in addition to approval of salary and benefits.  This individual shall report directly to the MFC through its Chairman.

4. Identify knowledgeable outside resources (architects, lawyers, accountants, consultants, planners, urban planners, and other experts) that may, occasionally, assist the Commission with various problems or projects, and maintain registry of these experts.

5. Coordinate with the Board of Selectmen any expenditure that may be made by the Commission in meeting its objectives.  All payments for goods and services must have final authority of the Board of Selectmen pursuant to Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001, unless the municipal voters at their annual meeting authorize separate approval.  The Commission will prepare annual facilities management budgets for authorization by the voters at their annual Town Meetings.

6. Provide regular monthly status report briefings to the Board of Selectmen concerning the Commission's most recent progress and/or setbacks.

7. Maintain internal records (minutes) of significant decisions made by the Commission with one copy being provided to the Town Clerk for the Town of Cranberry Isles and one copy for the Board of Selectmen.

8. Provide an Annual Report of activities and recommended plans for inclusion in the Town's Annual Report; this report must be submitted to the Chairman of Selectmen not later than January 15th of each year or two months prior to the publication of the Town Annual Report, whichever date is applicable.

9. Coordinate any press coverage with the Selectmen.

10. Write a Comprehensive Business Plan for Manset Facility development and utilization including the waterfront, wharves and ramps, parking areas, and buildings.

11. In cooperation with the Selectmen, develop and maintain constructive relations with the Towns of Southwest Harbor and Mount Desert officials, county and state officials in furtherance of the Cranberry Isles' objectives.  To facilitate these relations the Town of Cranberry Isles has per diem and mileage rates for attending mainland meetings during the year.

12. All business negotiations must be coordinated with the Board of Selectmen. No formal agreements or contracts shall be negotiated without Board of Selectmen final approval.

24B. To elect by ballot a Municipal Facilities Commission consisting of seven volunteer property owners of the Town of Cranberry Isles who shall serve for a period of three years each, with the exception of this first election for which the terms of election are:

         a. Three members to serve three year terms each.
         b. Two members to serve two year terms each.
         c. Two members to serve one year terms each.

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For information of the voters: The initial membership of this Commission, appointed by the Board of Selectmen pending election at the March 2004 Town Meeting, is:
Malcolm Donald, Chairman Great Cranberry
David Thomas Little Cranberry
Hugh Smallwood Little Cranberry
Michael Phillips Sutton
Eve Harrison Little Cranberry
Frank Reece Little Cranberry
Elisabeth Merrill Pratt Little Cranberry

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25. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will by ballot vote to renew the Shellfish Conservation Ordinance, the text of which is contained in the "Ordinance" section of the 2003 Town Report; this ordinance, first enacted on March 12, 2001, is in compliance with Title 12 M.R.S.A 6671 & 6681 and has been reviewed with approval by the Department of Marine Resources, State of Maine, as stated in their letter dated 1 December 2003.

26. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will adopt by ballot an ordinance entitled "Vehicle Waste Disposal Fee Ordinance"; the text of which was first published in the 2002 Annual Town Report and is cited below for consideration by the voters:

VEHICLE WASTE DISPOSAL FEE ORDINANCE

Pursuant to Title 30, M.R.S.A. §3001, the Town of Cranberry Isles, Hancock County, Maine hereby enacts an ordinance entitled "Vehicle Waste Disposal Fee", for the purpose of addressing and funding the removal and disposal of motor vehicles abandoned on the Cranberry Isles by their owners.  For this ordinance the Town's definition of abandonment is the same as found in Title 29A, M.R.S.A §1852 (supp 2001) which reads "for the purpose of this subchapter, a vehicle is considered 'abandoned' if the owner or lien holder does not retrieve it and pay all reasonable charges for towing, storing and authorized repair of the vehicle within 14 days after the notice to the owner and lien holder are sent by the Secretary of State, or 14 days after the advertisement is published as required in Section 1854, Subsection 4 of Title 29A."

a. Any individual desiring to bring a motor vehicle to the Cranberry Isles shall be required to show an "Importation Permit Decal" to the barge or ferry operator prior to that vehicle being loaded aboard a barge, float or other transportation vehicle.  This Importation Permit Decal is obtained from the Town of Cranberry Isles' Treasurer and represents a fee for vehicle waste disposal should a vehicle become abandoned; the amount of fee shall be $250 and shall apply to all motorized vehicles (as defined in Title 29-A, M.S.R.S., §101, subsection 42) brought to the Cranberry Isles including, but not limited to: cars, trucks, travel trailers, and golf carts.  It does not include: snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or motorized wheelchairs.  Should the person importing the vehicle to the Cranberry Isles subsequently sell or otherwise transfer it to another island individual, the fee shall be returned to the seller by the Town Treasurer and the buyer must pay a similar $250 fee as part of the vehicle purchase and registration process.  Exceptions to this fee are covered in the section of this ordinance entitled "Exceptions".

b. If payment of this Importation Permit vehicle waste disposal fee is made less than 14 days prior to the barging trip, the Town Treasurer may, at his/her discretion require payment in cash or by money order.  If payment is made by check that is subsequently returned for insufficient funds, a fee of $25.00 will be charged for administrative costs.

c. The Importation Permit fee shall be used for collection, transportation and disposal of those vehicles abandoned by their owner.  This fee will be held by the Town Treasurer in an income producing account and all income thus earned shall be retained by the Town of Cranberry Isles.  Disbursement of these funds shall be in accordance with standard municipal practices, pursuant to a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen.  It shall be by decision of the Board of Selectmen when a motor vehicle has been abandoned and that funds from this fee account may be used for vehicle waste disposal.

d. The amount of this vehicle waste disposal fee may be adjusted only by ballot of the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles, either at an Annual or Special Town Meeting.

e. The fee shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Town of Cranberry Isles, and must be paid prior to vehicle loading on a barge or other transport in Northeast Harbor or Southwest Harbor.  The barge operator shall not load or transport any motor vehicle to the Cranberry Isles whose owner has not produced an Importation Permit, or left a copy in the vehicle awaiting transportation.  The Town of Cranberry Isles may issue a decal or similar sticker which will be permanently displayed in the motor vehicle's right side front windshield to indicate that the permit fee has been paid.  If the owner of a vehicle fails to obtain an Importation Permit and his/her motor vehicle is transported to the Cranberry Isles, then it is the vehicle owners responsibility to pay this fee within ten days of the vehicle's arrival on the island or be subject to a summons for violation of this ordinance which is a civil violation with a fine not to exceed $750.00.

f. Fees will not be returned prior to a vehicle being removed from the Cranberry Isles unless there is a change of ownership of the vehicle.  The Owner is responsible for notifying the Town Clerk of any change of ownership of a vehicle and compliance with Title 29-A, M.S.R.S., Article 4, §502  Transfer and Return of Registration. Notification to the Town Clerk shall take the form of a Bill of Sale or gift signed by both parties to the transaction.  The Town of Cranberry Isles has no liability regarding change of ownership but the owner of a vehicle purchased from another individual within the municipality shall comply with paragraph a. above.

g. If the Town of Cranberry Isles removes a vehicle for disposal the entire amount of fee is forfeit to the Town of Cranberry Isles, regardless of actual cost of removal.  The $250 fee will not be returned until someone other than the Town of Cranberry Isles removes the vehicle from the islands.  This fee will be returned to the last known owner as recorded in the Town Clerk's office.

h. EXCEPTIONS: Vehicles coming to the Cranberry Isles that are exempt from the requirements of this ordinance include, but are not limited to:

           (1) Vehicles owned by a mainland company that come solely to make deliveries or pick-ups and are returning on the same day.

           (2) Vehicles that are rented from a mainland company and are staying from no more than two days to be loaded or unloaded.

           (3) Vehicles belonging to a mainland company coming to the Cranberry Isles to perform a specific task then return to the mainland, i.e. well driller, utility work, etc.

           (4) Vehicles belonging to the Cranberry Isles, State or Federal Government.

           (5) Other vehicles that are granted an exemption to this ordinance on an individual, case-by-case basis, by a member of the Board of Selectmen, where he or she is reasonably assured that the vehicle will be properly removed.

The effective date of this ordinance shall be 15 March 2004, and it shall continue in effect until repealed and/or modified by the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles.  This vehicle disposal fee shall only apply to vehicles brought to the Cranberry Isles after the effective date of this ordinance.

[Note: This proposed ordinance has been reviewed by the Town's Attorney, Anthony Giunta, as reported in his letter of January 28, 2003, with all of his recommendations incorporated therein.]

27. Future Town Meeting:

27A. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next annual Town Meeting on Monday, August 9th , 2004 at the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island, Maine and to open the meeting at 09:00AM.  If Article 11 above was not affirmatively passed then this section of Article 27 is moot and 27B is applicable.

27B. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to hold the next annual Town Meeting in 2005, on March 14th (Monday) at the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island, Maine and to open the meeting at 09:00 AM.  (If Article 11 was affirmatively passed, then this section of Article 27 is moot.)

28. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to join with other communities in support of "Hospice of Hancock County", an independent non-profit organization that offers non-medical volunteer hospice care to patients and their families from Hancock County facing end-of-life, and bereavement support to families, by appropriating three hundred dollars ($300.00).

29. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to support the 100th Birthday Party for the Town of Southwest Harbor by approving an appropriation of five hundred dollars ($500.00) to the 'Centennial 2005 Steering Committee' working through the Southwest Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

30. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply to the Maine State Planning Office for a 2004 three for one (3 for 1) Comprehensive Planning Grant of $17,307.00 in which the Town of Cranberry Isles will match the grant by appropriation of $5,711.00, for the development of a comprehensive plan pursuant to the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Regulation Act, and to authorize the Selectmen to contract with the State Planning Office for the grant, and further to authorize the Selectmen to contract as necessary for materials and services needed to achieve the purposes of the grant.  The appropriated matching funds remaining unspent at the end of each fiscal year shall be carried over and remain dedicated to the contract activity in subsequent fiscal years for the duration of the contract with the State Planning Office.  This grant and Town funding, equaling more or less $23,018.00, will be used by a subcommittee of the Municipal Facilities Commission for preparation of a Town Comprehensive Plan which will be submitted to the Town's voters for approval and then to the State of Maine for final acceptance.

31. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will authorize the Selectmen, on behalf of the citizens of the Cranberry Isles, to accept a deed from Dale Hadlock of 197 Washington Junction Road, Hancock, Maine to a parcel of land known as the William E. Hadlock Park, abutting the Sand Beach Road on the west side on Little Cranberry Island consisting of 0.26 acre.  Said parcel currently is marked by post and chain and is providing access to said Sand Beach.  Said parcel is to be held and maintained in perpetuity as a public park for the use of the citizens of the Town of Cranberry Isles, with the following covenants: This Park shall be free of:
  a. Permanent and/or temporary structures other than the plaque rock and cement benches;
  b. Storing of any articles of any sort; and
  c. Burning of trash of any kind.
If such violations persist than the said property shall divert back to the original grantor or the heirs of the grantor.

32. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to organize, create, and establish pursuant to public statutes, including seeking state legislative approval if required, and then to operate for the benefit of the citizens of the Cranberry Isles a Municipal Corporation that encompasses all lands, buildings, docks, wharves, and associated property owned by the Town of Cranberry Isles within the Town of Southwest Harbor, Maine; with the corporation being known as "The Cranberry Isles Municipal Transportation Corporation".

33. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will by ballot vote to ratify a multi-year Solid Waste Removal Contract signed by the Selectmen on 6 January 2004, or if that contract is not valid pursuant to Boudreau v. Town of Princton, 611 A.2d 78 (ME. 1992), authorize the Selectmen to enter into a nine-year Solid Waste Removal Contract based on Solid Waste Removal proposals received and opened 16 December 2003.

34. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will by ballot vote to ratify a multi-year Snow Plowing Contract, signed by the Selectmen on 1 July 2003, for the plowing of snow and sanding of roads on Great Cranberry Island covering the period October 2003 through April 2006.

35. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen to invest monies, accepted by the Cranberry Isles voters past, present or in the future for placement in Non-Expendable Cemetery Trust accounts, in various financial instruments paying interest and/or dividends; the Selectmen shall be guided by advise and counsel from investment brokers, bank trust agents and other financial institution representatives with a goal of achieving five (5) percent growth in these trust funds.  This shall be a continuing authorization and part of the duties of being Selectman.

36. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize the Selectmen, or their designated agent, to continue improvements to the Manset Transportation Facility with the following projects in 2004, to wit: completion of parking lot lighting system, water service to the pier, remove front parking at Hinckley Insurance, install asphalt curbing (precast wheel stops) in existing parking lot, construct Shore Road Pull Off for automobiles and construct Boat House parking with the total estimated cost to be $106,651; provided (a) the costs of these projects come from the remainder of bond funds borrowed in 2002 for improvements or unrestricted donations received by the Town, and (b) permit approval is received for each improvement from appropriate agencies of the Town of Southwest Harbor.  This article is cost neutral to the 2004 Town Operations Budget.

37. To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles have any interest in expanding the number of elected Selectmen from three to five.  In accordance with Title 30-A M.R.S.A § 2526A, should the voters express a positive interest in this expansion of the Board of Selectmen, then a Special Town Meeting will be called in the coming year to be at least 90 days prior to the next Annual Town Meeting.  The voters would then address the question of Board of Selectmen numbers and at the Annual Town Meeting the election would then occur for specific individuals to fill the newly authorized positions.  This is a non-binding straw vote to assist the Selectmen in determining the "sense of the community".

38. To see what sum the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to raise and appropriate for each function of Town operations as shown in the Town Operations Budget. Each function shall be voted upon separately:

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
Estimated Costs

Function Appropriation
Administration $38,700
  a. Town Offices: Equipment $2,800
  b. Computer, accessories, & software $650
  c. Roman Catholic Church, Portland $1,500
  d. Legal Fees $6,700
  e. Waste Transfer Station Site Fees $1,600
  e. General administration expenses $22,000
Town Clerk and Elections $7,000
Deputy Town Clerk $20,000
Facilities Maintenance Supervisor $32,000
Treasurer and Tax Collector $30,200
Assessor $21,200
Debt Obligations
  a. Wharf Repair Bonds
     Islesford (Prin & Int 2004) $66,700
     Great Cranberry (Prin & Int 2004) $48,400
  b. Southwest Harbor
     Parking Lot Purchase
          Prin & Int 2004 (Taxable Bonds) $47,230.50
          Prin & Int 2004 (Tax Exempt Bonds) $134,945.34
     Home Purchase
          Prin & Int 2004  $90,225.00
subtotal $387,500.84
Less carryover from funds collected in 2003  $116,329.00
Total Debt Service $271,171.84
Southwest Harbor Land Operations $62,374
  a. Friedmann Associates Fund Raising $20,000
b. Accountant Services $15,000
  b. Operating Expenses $90,476
          SWH Parking Property Tax $24,956
          Utilities $3,400
          Sewer/Water $700
          Floats/Moorings $16,000
          Maintenance $37,920
            Marsh USA Ins.   $15,210
            House   4,750
            Gt Harbor Yt   17,960
          Grounds Maint $3,500
          Building Contingency $4,000
  c. Insurance (Liabilty & Fire) $11,000
Less anticipated revenue from rents ($74,102)
Code Enforcement Officer & Plumbng Inspector $7,200
Planning Board $1,500
Streetlights $6,000
Police, Animal Control, Harbor Master $3,500
Mosquito Control Program $0
Comprehensive Planning Matching v. State $5,711
Medicare, and FICA (Town Share) $8,378
Health and General Assistence $1,500
Grants to Human Service Organizations,
  Qualified in the judgment of the Selectmen
$1,000
Public Facility Maintenance
  Great Cranberry $5,500
  Islesford $5,500
Insurances (non Southwest Harbor) $14,000
Municipal Fire Department
  a. Fire Protection Zone 1: Gt. Cranberry $42,800
  b. Fire Protection Zone 2: Islesford $40,000
  c. Fire Protection Zone 3: Sutton/Bear $9,000 $91,800
Retirement Obligation $750
Solid Waste $90,000
Town Wharves & Floats, general maintenance $45,000
Town truck repairs $1,900
Snow removal $18,500
Roads, general maintenance & repaving $38,000
  a. General Maintenance $30,000
  b. Tree removal, electric line clearing $8,000
Garages $500
Grants to Libraries
  Northeast Harbor $300
  Islesford $3,000
  Great Cranberry $3,000
Grants to:
  Islesford Neighborhood House $6,000
  Great Cranberry Community Center $6,000
Grant to Northeast Harbor Ambulance Fund $1,000
Grant to Island Explorer Bus/Downeast Transportation $1,500
Shellfish Wardens and Clam Survey $4,500
Contingencies to supplement, at Selectmen's discretion $20,000
Total Appropriations for Town Operations $874,184

39. To see what resources the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to apply to pay for the appropriations for Town operations in the following manner:

TOWN OPERATIONS BUDGET
Applied Resources

RESOURCE AMOUNT
Appropriations from General Funds $50,000
Estimated General Fund receipts  $20,000
subtotal $70,000
From property taxes and state revenue sharing 2004
     Town Operations $804,184
     School Department $174,872
     Hancock County Taxes  $87,825
Total $1,066,881
Total estimated resources to be applied to
  Town Operations $874,184
  School Operations $303,800
  Hancock County Taxes  $87,825
Total $1,265,809
Potential mil rate 2004: 0.006633
mil rate 2003: 0.006200






NOTICE

The Registrar of Voters, Frances J. Bartlett, gives notice that she will be in the Town Clerk's office at the Bartlett residence, Main Street, Islesford, Maine on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of March 2004, and at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Little Cranberry Island at 08:40 AM on the day of said meeting for the purpose of correcting the list of voters in said Town.

Given under our hand and Town seal this 3rd day of February, 2004.

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Richard F. Beal, Chairman

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David M. Stainton

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Orville E. Blank, Jr.
Selectmen of the Cranberry Isles

A true copy of the WARRANT 2004

ATTEST: I, Frances J. Bartlett, Clerk of the Town of Cranberry Isles do hereby attest and certify this document to be a true copy of the Warrant 2004 to be placed before the voters of the Cranberry Isles on 8 March 2004.

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Frances J. Bartlett






CONSTABLE'S RETURN

Pursuant to this WARRANT to me directed, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of said Town, qualified as therein expressed, to assemble at said time and place, and for the purpose expressed, by posting copies of this Warrant with proposed Charter Municipality Waste Disposal Agreement at:

a. General Store and U.S. Post Office, Little Cranberry Island
b. General Store, Great Cranberry Island
c. U.S. Post Office, Great Cranberry Island

The same being public and conspicuous places in said Town, and being at least seven days before the meeting.

Date of Posting:
Islesford: ______________
Great Cranberry _____________
Constable

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