St. George opts to fund land planning, elects School Board members

By Dan Otis Smith | May 10, 2017
Photo by: Dan Otis Smith Residents vote at the St. George town meeting May 9.

Tenants Harbor — St. George sailed amicably through town meeting May 9, the day after voters chose School Board candidates and voted to appropriate money for planning and permitting expenses on a town-owned property in Port Clyde.

Shasta Minery and Alane Kennedy will serve as the St. George Municipal School Unit School Board’s new members. Minery, who works at GC Minery and the Farnsworth Art Museum, and Kennedy, who works at Jackson Memorial Library, both won their seats by wide margins. The seats carry three-year terms.

Article 4, asking whether to appropriate $28,600 for planning and permitting for a recreational and commercial space at 10 Cold Storage Road on Port Clyde Harbor, also passed easily, 194-45. This means one more stop forward for a vision for the waterfront property, which the town bought in 2015, as a public park, with one section reserved for commercial use.

Select Board incumbents Wayne Sawyer and Richard Bates were sworn in at the meeting for three-year terms after running for reelection in uncontested races.

While some residents asked questions about articles in the town meeting warrant May 9, all of the articles passed easily.

Before the vote on the Parks & Recreation budget, resident Anita Siegenthaler pleaded with the town to look into creating walking or bicycle paths between St. George School and the ballfield. As it is, she said, children have to take an unsafe walk down the road or get a ride.

Siegenthaler also asked whether there were more tax abatement requests this year. Select Board Chairman Bates acknowledged that this was the case, and said he thinks people are just paying more attention to their tax bills.

Another resident asked about $20,000 allocated to the budget line item "Energy Efficiency Reserve" in Unclassified Accounts. Bates explained that the town was working on ways to reduce energy consumption in response to climate change.

"We do, as a town -- as a society -- need to start thinking about using less energy," he said.

There were a number of other questions for clarification of budget items, but no changes were made to the warrant articles as written.

In all, voters approved a gross $2,823,359 budget, plus the $28,600 sum approved for 10 Cold Storage Road. Together, that makes for an increase of about $3,000 from last year’s budget and could mean a property tax increase of between half a percent and one percent.

Reporter Dan Otis Smith can be reached at 594-4401 x123 or by email at dsmith@villagesoup.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: avery brott | May 10, 2017 10:02

I would have been disappointed if no one in the photograph had been knitting. Never fails to make me smile.



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