Fire truck up for vote

CRANBERRY ISLES — Voters at town meeting here on Saturday, March 12, will be asked to authorize the Board of Selectmen to borrow up to $250,000 for a new fire truck for Great Cranberry Island.

Also to be decided is whether the town will extend its contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Company (PERC) in Orrington for solid waste disposal past 2018 or join the growing number of municipalities opting to switch to the proposed Fiberight plant in Hampden.

Voters at town meeting also will be asked to authorize the selectmen to place $50,000 in a reserve fund for future construction of a town office building. The offices are currently located in a trailer parked next to the Islesford fire station.

The town operates on a calendar year budget. The proposed 2016 municipal budget of $1.65 million is about $7,000 less than the budget for 2015.

The school budget, which is on a July-June fiscal year, is down $20,205 to $583,146. While most school spending categories are up slightly, the projected expenditure for facilities maintenance has dropped more than $35,000.

That reduction is related to the completion of extensive renovations at Longfellow School on Great Cranberry Island and the plan for classes to be held there, instead of at Ashley Bryan School on Islesford, next school year.

The town meeting will be held at the Islesford Neighborhood House starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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