June 20, 2018
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North Haven residents to vote on liquor sales, budget

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

NORTH HAVEN, Maine — Island residents will consider a proposed 2012 municipal budget that is up 4 percent and elect several town officials when they gather Saturday, March 10, for the annual town meeting.

Voters also will be asked to allow the sale of packaged alcohol, also known as hard liquor.

The proposal for the sale of hard liquor came from Gordon Bubar, who owns and operates the North Haven Grocery. He now sells beer and wine, and mixed drinks are allowed at restaurants.

The current prohibition on the sale of hard liquor means people leave the island and go to Rockland for those purchases. He said he has operated the store for six years, and he continues to look at ways to meet the needs of customers, saying he operates the store seven days a week.

“The more people I can keep on the island to shop, the better,” Bubar said.

The move also would provide a financial benefit to him, he said, not just from the additional liquor sales but from snacks and mixers.

In terms of the municipal articles on the town meeting warrant, the proposed budget developed by the administration, selectmen and the budget committee is recommended at $1,894,000, a 4 percent increase from the voter-approved 2011 municipal budget.

The largest account in the budget is for the North Haven Medical Clinic that the town subsidizes. The municipal budget includes $340,184 for the clinic of which $130,000 is projected to come from charges assessed by the clinic to patients.

Also proposed: $215,378 for town administration, $172,000 for road maintenance, $60,000 for snow removal, $164,618 for debt payment on the road paving bond, $66,000 for the road repaving reserve account, $117,830 for the solid waste/recycling center, $105,369 for insurance and $102,262 for emergency medical service.

Incumbent Selectmen Linda Darling and Merton Howard and incumbent school board member Karen Cooper are seeking re-election. The election will be from the floor of the town meeting.

The town meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. March 10, at the North Haven Community Building.

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