THOMASTON, Maine — Residents will be asked at the annual June town meeting whether they want the town to appoint a committee tasked with determining if a dog park and dog cemetery should be developed on town-owned property.
The article is on the draft town meeting warrant. Selectmen were scheduled Monday night to finalize the warrant which would then be acted on by townspeople at the annual town meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the American Legion building on Watts Lane.
The town warrant also asks residents to approve the 2013-2014 municipal budget of about $2.8 million which is slightly less than the spending approved by voters for 2012-2013. The budget is largely what had been proposed by Town Manager Valmore Blastow in February.
The dog park and cemetery article asks residents to authorize selectmen to appoint a committee to look at whether it is feasible to create both a park for owners to exercise their dogs and a pet cemetery on town-owned land on the east side of the Village Cemetery.
The intent is to come up with a recommended design and estimated costs for a dog park and pet cemetery. The article stresses that no tax dollars would be used and the project would have to be paid through fundraising.
Before the project could proceed, the plan would have to be presented to residents and voted on at another town meeting.
Supporters of a dog park met with selectmen last August.
The manager’s proposed municipal budget contains $441,000 more for public works, an increase of less than 2 percent over the previous budget. The general government budget for the town is proposed at $350,274, nearly the same as approved by town meeting voters in 2012-2013. The police department budget is proposed at $297,463, up less than 2 percent. The sanitation budget is proposed at $214,000, up 6 percent.
At the polls on Tuesday, June 11, residents will elect two selectmen from a field of four. Incumbent Selectboard Vice Chairman William Hahn is being challenged by former board member Mona Stearns, Frederick Campbell and Clifford Blastow.
Incumbent Jonathan Eaton did not seek re-election.
Joan Linscott, chairman of the board of assessors, filed papers to seek another term on that board. She will be uncontested.
Polls will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion hall.