GREENVILLE, Maine — A proposed municipal budget of $2,205,690 that eliminates town-funded curbside trash pickup in Greenville will be up for adoption at the June 6 annual town meeting.
The elimination of that $40,000 service, which will mean individual property taxpayers will either contract with an independent contractor or take their trash to the transfer station, was one of several cuts made to reduce the proposed 2011-12 spending plan. The proposed budget represents an increase of $126,733 over the current year.
Town Manager Gary Lamb had proposed a slightly higher budget of $2,288,367, which addressed accounts that were traditionally underbudgeted over the years, reflected existing services and included a cost-of-living raise for town employees.
“As expected, the selectmen have made changes to the budget,” Lamb said this week.
While he respected the board’s decision not to recommend the wage increases, he said he doesn’t agree with it. “I know how hard the employees work,” he said.
Residents will be asked to approve a five-year loan to close the landfill at an estimated cost of $422,000. That cost will be shared by Beaver Cove, Shirley and the Unorganized Territory, which have used the landfill over the years. The costs of a transfer station will be known May 24, when bids are opened.
The town has only about $163,000 in surplus, so no funds will be available to offset the tax commitment.
New this year will be a “pre-town meeting” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, when residents can ask questions about the budget to be better prepared for the annual town meeting. The annual town and school meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the Louis Oakes Auditorium.
Municipal elections will be held Tuesday, June 21. Bonita DuBien and Bruce Hanson are vying for the two three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen; John Cobb, Mike Theriault and Noel Wohlforth are vying for two three-year positions on the Greenville school committee; and Noel Wohlforth is the sole candidate for the two three-year seats on the Moosehead Sanitary District.
Also on the June 21 warrant, residents will be asked to validate the school budget vote and amend an article approved last year that allows proposed renovations and improvements to the Greenville Middle-High School. Although the latter warrant article has not yet been completed, it is expected that residents will be asked to amend the 2010 vote to include construction of an accessory building to house the boiler and provide fuel storage, to allow the boiler to serve the gymnasium building as well as the high school, to authorize selectmen to accept a $750,000 federal grant for the project, and to finance the remaining project costs.