Four questions will appear as warrant articles for a special town meeting that Camden will hold as part of balloting scheduled for Nov. 8. Polls will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Voters will have the final say on whether to enter into a lease/purchase agreement with Pierce Manufacturing for the acquisition of a replacement firetruck, with a net cost of $524,282.

Article 2 reads: “Shall the town approve the proposed supplemental FY12 budget authorizing the purchase of a replacement fire truck; appropriate $524,282 for the purchase; authorize the expenditure of $110,000 from the Fire Equipment Reserve Fund, and authorize the capital lease financing of the balance ($414,282)?”

Of the $524,282, the Fire Equipment Reserve Fund would contribute $110,000 as a down payment. The financing of the truck would result in annual payments, either at a seven-year rate of 3.28 percent, at $67,198 per year; or at a 10-year rate of 4.03 percent, amounting to $51,153 per year. Based on the seven-year rate, the final cost to Camden for the new truck would amount to approximately $580,388.

According to Fire Chief Chris Farley, this purchase would eliminate the need for a second replacement truck in fiscal year 2018.

Farley said the truck could be expanded, to maximize its usefulness over the 25-year life-span expected. He said it was “considered to be the safest driving truck available.”

At its Aug. 31 meeting the Camden Budget Committee voted 16-3 to endorse the truck replacement and financing plan. Opposing the plan were members Randy Stearns, Anita Zeno and Peter Lindquist.

If voters approve the acquisition, the truck would be ordered with an anticipated delivery date of September 2012. The first payment on the lease would be due one year after the lease is signed, in fiscal year 2013.

Article 3 concerns a proposed 20-year lease of the chamber of commerce building on the Public Landing to the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. Terms of the lease call for $1 per year in payments.

Citizens will be asked whether they want to adopt a model Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) ordinance to establish a PACE program “so that owners of qualifying property can access financing for energy saving improvements to their properties, financed by funds awarded through the Efficiency Maine Trust, and to enter into a PACE ‘Administration Contract’ with the Efficiency Maine Trust, so as to administer the PACE program through the Camden PACE ordinance.”

The PACE ordinance will appear as Article 4 on the ballot.

Maine PACE loans are taken by property owners to finance the cost of making whole house energy upgrades and improvements to their property. To get a PACE loan in Maine, a customer’s property must be located in a municipality that has adopted a PACE ordinance.

PACE loans may be assumed by a purchaser, if a property changes hands during the lifetime of the loan. Loan payments would be of an amount equal to or less than the amount of savings created by the equipment replacement. The loans may be transferred if the property is sold, and there is no cost to municipalities for the program.

A yes vote would enact the PACE ordinance. A no vote would reject it.

The final item on Camden’s Nov. 8 ballot will ask the town if it wants to release by quitclaim a portion of the Camden Public Landing, depicted as a small triangular encroachment, to abutters John C. Conrad and William G. Conrad Jr. The footprint, on Commercial Street at the Public Landing, has existed and has been used by the property in question for more than 40 years. The proposal is to officially relegate it to the Conrads.

The Camden Select Board voted Aug. 16 to ask citizens to release the town’s rights regarding a portion of the property where balconies have been added to the building at 8 Bayview St. According to Town Attorney William Kelly, since the balconies have existed for more than 40 years without any action by the town, the footprint for that portion of land has, in effect, become property of the Conrad family.

Howard Gallager’s business, Maine Gathering, occupies the building. Gallagher has made an offer to purchase it from the Conrads and has been granted an extension on that offer until Dec. 31.

A yes vote on Article 5 would call on the town to turn ownership of that portion of the property over to the Conrad family. A no vote would ask to keep it.

Polling will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Camden Public Safety Building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit the website at or call 236-3353.

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by email at