LAMOINE, Maine — Residents will have the chance to elect a new selectman when they go to the polls today as part of the annual town meeting.
Two seats on the five-seat board are up for election this year, and both incumbents are running for new terms. Kermit Theall and Richard Fennelly Jr. are running for re-election as selectmen, but they also are running against challenger William Brann.
Jane Fowler is running unopposed for re-election as an assessor.
Polls in Lamoine’s annual municipal elections will be open at the town office on Route 184 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The open session of Lamoine’s annual town meeting is scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at the elementary school on Route 184.
Stu Marckoon, administrative assistant to Lamoine’s selectmen, said Monday that the proposed overall annual budget figure of $732,612 is significantly lower than the budget approved at last year’s town meeting because the town’s school costs now are voted upon at the separate Regional School Unit 24 meeting. Last year, Lamoine voters approved an annual municipal budget of more than $2.8 million, $2.1 million of which went to school expenses.
Marckoon said the town’s nonschool expenses are expected to decrease by nearly $42,000 for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Most of this is because of a $37,000 decrease in the town’s road paving budget, he said.
The only significant capital expense proposed in next year’s budget is $12,495 for new Fire Department radios that will be compliant with pending federal standards, according to Marckoon. He said the town on Monday received a $1,500 grant from the Maine Forest Service to help cover the cost of the new radios.
Voters are expected to decide Wednesday whether Lamoine will be part of a seven-municipality shellfish conservation district. Other towns considering joining the district are Ellsworth, Franklin, Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento and Trenton.
If Lamoine joins the proposed district, it is expected to contribute $1,820 in startup costs and $2,725 for its annual share of enforcement and administrative costs, according to information in the 2010 town meeting warrant.
Voters also will be asked whether to change one of the town’s two annual tax payment due dates from Oct. 31 to Aug. 31, whether to adopt new land use standards for commercial water extraction, and whether to approve updated permit requirements for home occupations, Marckoon said.