DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A special town meeting referendum will be conducted today on a handful of warrant articles that deal with sanitary district improvements, three land use issues and the comprehensive plan.
The polls will be open for the secret ballot vote on five of the six warrant articles from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the municipal building. The remaining warrant article is to elect a moderator to open the town meeting.
“These are real important issues, and I hope people will turn out and vote,” Dover-Foxcroft Town Manager Jack Clukey said Monday.
Residents will be asked if they wish to appropriate and authorize selectmen to borrow up to $300,000 through the issuance of general obligation bonds or notes for capital improvements to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant’s lagoon aeration and collection systems.
The town was awarded a USDA Rural Development grant of $708,000 to fund the $1,008,000 upgrade. The grant is contingent upon the town’s borrowing the $300,000 at an interest rate of 2.34 percent to finish the project.
“This is really the best financing package that we’ve seen from them,” Clukey said, referring to the USDA.
A proposed 2010 sewer ordinance that “simplifies the town’s rate structure” is up for adoption, according to Clukey. He said the sewer ordinance will put the rate structure more in line with the water district.
Residents also will be asked if they wish to repeal the 1973 Dover-Foxcroft Zoning Ordinance and replace it with a 2010 Dover-Foxcroft Land Use Ordinance that is consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan.
A proposal to adopt amendments to the 1972 subdivision ordinance and the town’s comprehensive plan also will be up for voter approval. The amendment to the comprehensive plan would reduce the requirement of minimum lot size in the Rural Residential 2 Zone from 10 to 2 acres and the minimum road frontage requirement from 400 feet to 200 feet.
Some of these articles were rejected by voters previously in 2009.