Cambridge meeting to focus on dam repair, budget plan

Posted March 04, 2010, at 9:11 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Maine — Residents will adopt a spending plan for the town at the annual town meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 6, in the town office building.

Appropriations for the municipal budget amount to $291,446 for 2010 compared to $213,711 in the current year. Town officials have proposed raising $146,846 through taxation, using $60,000 from excise taxes, $14,600 from surplus and $70,000 from the highway account to fund the appropriations.

Residents will be asked to authorize selectmen to expend up to $60,000 of the highway account funds to pave a portion of Ham Hill Road and the Town Hall driveway. In addition, it is recommended that $10,000 be used to replace and resurface culverts.

Firefighters had requested $5,000 for the repair and upgrade of the fire station, but town officials have recommended only $2,500.

Residents will decide whether to place $10,000 in a reserve account for the Cambridge Dam restoration project and to borrow up to $50,000 as the town’s match for a grant for the project. The dam is leaking in places and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Proposed planning board, appeals board and shoreland zoning ordinances will need voter action.

Elections will include a town clerk, three selectmen, SAD 4 director, road commissioner, a director for the Harmony Regional Ambulance Service and a HAD 4 director.

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