BAR HARBOR — Residents next month will face two distinct opportunities to weigh in on matters of great import to the town, including next year’s municipal budget, school funding, solar farm leases and a restructured land use ordinance.
Bar Harbor’s annual open town meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, in the gymnasium at the Conners Emerson School. On the warrant are questions relating to the fiscal year 2016 municipal budget, the 2015-2016 school budget for Conners Emerson, a proposal to allow solar farms on town property and two bond issues.
On June 9, town elections (written ballot) will be held in the municipal building auditorium, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Article 2 is the repeal and replacement of the land use ordinance. Article 3 is a citizens’ initiative that would add the definition of “public utility installation” to the land use ordinance. Article 4, also a citizens’ initiative, would add the definition of “public utility facility” while also restricting the use to just several districts. The election of town councilors also is on the written ballot. Incumbents Peter St. Germain and Gary Friedmann are running for reelection. They have no challengers.
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All warrant articles beginning with a letter are to be voted on at open town meeting on June 2. These include Article R, a $400,000 bond issue to renovate the brick exterior of the fire station building; Article S, a $1.7 million bond issue to make water system improvements under Route 3 when the road is reconstructed by the state; and Article T, which would give the town council the power to enter into a lease with a solar farm cooperative to provide town roof space or land for solar panels.
While the description of the latter envisions using the town’s new salt-sand shed, the actual terms of the article simply allow the council to negotiate a lease wherever they see fit.