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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

THE IMPACT OF A 2% COLA


With the financial situation the Town of Lisbon is in; there is a need to take a closer look at what our tax dollars are being used for.  Is there a possibility the Department Heads are receiving salaries that the taxpayers cannot afford.  Let’s look at the impact 2% COLA increase for Department Head has on the taxpayers.


                                    2014-2015 SALARY                      2%                              2015-2016

DEPARTMENT        PLUS LONGEVITY STIPEND              COLA                         SALARY

Town Manager                   Contract                                                                    $91,971.00

Assessing                              $53,040.00                          $1,060.90                  54,101.00

Code Enforcement               69,184.08                            1,411.92                   70,596.00

Finance                                 Just Hired                                                                 66,311.00

Tax Collector                          83,370.56                             1,701.44                  85,072.00

Town Clerk                             54,303.76                             1,108.24                 55,412.00

Police Chief                            73,647.98                             1,503.02                 75,151.00

Fire Chief                                66,064.74                             1,348.26                  67,413.00

Town Engineer                      78,478.40                             1,601.60                  80,080.00

Parks                                        43,907.92                                 896.06                 44,804.00

Recreation                              47,760.30                                 974.70                 48,735.00

Library                                     49,003.92                              1,000.08                 50,004.00

Economic Community        50,980.58                              1,040.42                 52,021.00

                                                                     TOTAL           $16,670.20

This is 13 department heads receiving a COLA increase of $16,670.20 which means that all but two receive over $1,000.00 increase in their pay for next year.  Are any of our citizens receiving $1,000.00 pay raises in one year?  This has been going on for several years.  The majority of our department head’s salaries have blossomed to more than the taxpayers can afford.

In the Police Department, their salaries are growing more than the town can afford.   Here is a prime example:

            OVER $50,000                                OVER $60,000                    OVER $70,000

                       5                                                           4                                              4

This means that 13 out of the 32 individuals on the Police Department roster are making over $50,000.00.  This would not mean much except 12 of the staff are Reserve Personnel.  This is why the Police Department budget is almost 25% of the entire Municipal Budget.

 By the way, in the proposed budget for the Police Department, the Police Chief identified only 28 of the 32 on his staff.  Who is paying the other 4?  Where are these accounted for in the budget?

 Our community cannot afford these 2% COLA or wage increases for the top echelon.  Is there any wonder our municipal budget is steadily going up along with our taxes.

Larry Fillmore  

Nixonian Hillary Wiped Her Server (Rush Limbaugh)

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RUSH: How about Mrs. Clinton? You know, there’s some stories now starting to pop up. It isn’t now just me pointing out that Mrs. Clinton is who she is because of who she married, and it isn’t just me pointing out that Mrs. Clinton is owed the presidency because of how she kept Bill in office. Now, I’m not mentioned in any of these stories, but there are more and more of these stories popping up about Hillary’s loyalty to the party and her loyalty to Bill and how that is the reason she’s being rewarded with presumptive nominee status. That’s what guided her in 2008, and that’s what’s supposedly behind her candidacy in 2016.
But more and more people are starting to pop up and point this out. And I love it. Doesn’t matter that nobody is mentioning that I said it first. I don’t care about that. The fact is this is starting to gain momentum. And here’s something else gaining momentum. It has now been learned that Mrs. Clinton totally wiped her e-mail server. After telling us she couldn’t wait for the State Department to make her e-mails public, after telling everybody she wanted people to see her e-mails, we have now come to find out that she deleted every e-mail she did not turn over. She totally erased the server.

TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/31/listen-nixonian-hillary-wiped-her-server-rush-limbaugh/

Pres Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch Has A Different Solution For The Illegal Alien Problem – You’re Gonna Like It

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By Rick Wells

Long shot political outsider and 2016 Presidential Candidate Dennis Michael Lynch has a different approach to the problem of illegal aliens in the United States. While most other candidates adopt the “shut the border first and I’ll be vague on what to do next” approach, Lynch is willing to declare his position in favor of the American citizens.

Lynch points out that in 1986, President Ronald Reagan and the American people were under the belief that legalizing one million illegals aliens inside the United States, followed by strict enforcement, would solve the problem. There were a couple of problems with that approach, though, the number of illegals was about four times that many and the border was never subsequently secured. It’s been almost thirty years now and the problem has never truly been disposed of.


TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/31/pres-candidate-dennis-michael-lynch-has-a-different-solution-for-the-illegal-alien-problem-youre-gonna-like-it-2/

See What Happened When the Gov. of Maine Forced To Truly Work for Welfare

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage of Maine decided that he had to stop the “abuse” of welfare in his state concerning the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

 LePage decided that in order for non-disabled residents to receive SNAP benefits that they would be required to work at least twenty hours per week, volunteer or attend vocational training. (great idea, don’t you think?)
 
 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lisbon Got Talent Show Rocks!‏

LISBON TALENT SHOW ROCKED THE RAFTERS

 The annual Lisbon High School (LHS) Got Talent Show rocked the rafters in the LHS Gymnasium on Friday, March 27.  The show, produced by The Lisbon Tech Club, provided ticket goers with their money’s worth.   Acts were masterfully performed by students during the event on the campus at 2 Sugg Drive in Lisbon Falls.  Pictured front row: (l-r) Ciera Miller, Hannah Stritch, Bree Daigle, Loren Grant, Molly Nicholson, Hailey Kaherl.  Back row:  Noah Watts-Thiboutot, Teagan Stritch, RJ Sargent, Alesha Bard, Selena Cordner, Garrett Caton, Andrew Balser, Max Poulin, Michelle Martin, Travis Caton, and Eric Yim.


Lisbon – Lisbon High School stage transformed into a show-stopping platform for picture-perfect performances during the Lisbon Got Talent Show.  Tech Club members sponsored the event and held true to their promise of providing an exciting evening of entertainment.  Michelle Martin and Max Poulin served as Mistress and Master of Ceremony throughout the evening introducing a variety of acts.  The Wheel of Misfortune was provided by Michelle Martin, Max Poulin, Loren Grant, Cosette Holmes and Molly Nicholson.  Eric Yim came in with a bang with his drum solo.  Other performances included Hailey Kaherl singing Cry With You, by Hunter Hayes; Alesha Bard’s dance solo; Hannah and Teagan Stritch performed a brother/sister act of Bring Me to Life by Evanescence.  Charles Adams shared a movie he produced and Zachary Morin performed as Zach the Great.  Multimedia productions with Jib Jab were presented by Sean Ball, Josh Collier, Gabe Edgin, JD Martin, Jeff Willey, Monica Austin, Loren Grant, Taylor Martin, Molly Nicholson and Lily Wade.  Noah Watts-Thiboutot shared a guitar solo; Ciera Miller sang How to Save a Life by The Fray.  The grand finale routine of the Fashion Squad was shared by the talents of Charles Adams, Kyle Bourget, Andrew Golino, Jacob Muldering and RJ Sargent. 


“The event was another huge success,” shares Tech Club Advisor, Paul Giggey, “Thanks to the support and generosity of area merchants and partners in education Alma-Lea’s Dance Studio; Androscoggin Bank; Don’s Automotive; Hannaford Supermarkets; Lisbon’s Community Resource Coordinator; Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union; LHS Yearbook; Lisbon Family Dental Care; Lisbon Recreation Department; Quality Care Auto and Rogers’ Insurance.  All proceeds from the show benefit the Tech Club program at Lisbon High School.  FMI on other events and programs, contact Monica Millhime, Community Resources, 754-0021 or email mmillhime@lisbonschoolsme.org.  Check out the latest programs and information on Facebook at Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

WHY IS A TOXIC BOSS ALLOWED TO BULLY OUR EMPLOYEES?


The former Town Manager, Stephen Eldridge, cared nothing for this community and made decisions with the Council’s approval that has hurt the community.  These decisions were NOT in the best interest of the town. 

One of these decisions was to assign Mr. Leighton as the Director of Public Works.  Prior to this assignment, Mr. Leighton had never supervised anyone.  He was the Town Engineer and worked alone.  This lack of experience leading individuals has caused him to become a “toxic boss”.  For a definition of a toxic boss, please see attached.

 



Public Works had been operating with Button Beal as the Director.  During the time Mr. Beal was in charge, the employees worked as a family. They were a cohesive working group with little to no problems.  The moral was extremely high and everything operated at a high level of efficiency.  Today, this is not the case and the department is suffering in efficiency and moral.

Call the Town Manager and your Councilors to get rid of this toxic boss and restore the efficiency and the moral to Public Works.
 
Larry Fillmore

WHY IS THE TOWN MANAGER PROTECTING HIM?


We have all seen the letter from the State of Maine stating Mr. Leighton cannot use the title as Town Engineer any longer because he is NOT an engineer.  Attached is the response from Town Manager. 




If you notice, Mr. Leighton was not relieved as the Town Engineer, only that the Engineer was taken out of his title.  He was never relieved as Town Engineer and will continue to receive the same salary even though he is not qualified.  This is $20,270.00 tax dollars plus benefits that could be saved.

I cannot comprehend how Mr. Leighton can remain in the position as Town Engineer when he is clearly not qualified and is paid with our tax dollars when the state acknowledges Mr. Leighton is not an engineer.

Also, did you know that Mr. Leighton is currently the Director of the Treatment Plant drawing $20,270.00 of our tax dollars?  This is significant because our Treatment Plant is rated by the state as a Grade Four plant and Mr. Leighton has only a Grade Two certification.  What this means is that Mr. Leighton cannot operate the treatment facility.  In fact, he cannot sign any of the reports going to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or any other state agency.  All our reports going to the state are signed by the Treatment Plant Operations Manager.  So why are we wasting another $20,270.00 of our tax dollars?

But the bigger question is, why is the town hiring personnel who do not have the credentials to do the job?  I understand that Mrs. Barnes has only been here a short time, but this town needs to put a stop to this hiring practice and recoup our tax dollars from the unqualified.  The Town Manager and the Town Council needs to keep a closer eye on our tax dollars.  Wasting our tax dollars on individuals whom do not have the credentials for the position should never occur.

Please contact your Town Manager and Town Councilors and let them know that this is unacceptable.  In this case alone, the Town Manager and the Town Council could save the town over $40,000.00 of our tax dollars.

Larry Fillmore

[Watch] Thug Assaults Veteran’s Girlfriend – Big Mistake

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This thug made the mistake of punching the girlfriend of his neighbor, who happened to be a veteran of the Navy.

Watch as the Navy veteran confronts the stupid punk, and teaches him a lesson about respect that he will surely never forget!

TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/28/watch-thug-assaults-veterans-girlfriend-big-mistake/

Judge Jeanine: “Mr. President, Why are you sleeping with the enemy? Is the Ayatollah Khamenei channeling you trying to institute Khamenei care in Iran?”

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“Justice with Judge Jeanine” host Judge Jeanine Pirro said that the US was “sleeping with” Iran while “spurning” its ally Israel.
 
“Why are we sleeping with the enemy, writing them love letters, dining with them in Swiss palaces while they chant ‘death to America,’ while they dance with the devil as the main sponsor of terrorism and death around the world? Why are we so desperate to put a ring on Iran’s finger, and engage them on the nuclear issue, all the while, spurning our one loyal and true ally, Israel?” she wondered.


TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/29/watch-judge-jeanine-mr-president-why-are-you-sleeping-with-the-enemy-is-the-ayatollah-khamenei-channeling-you-trying-to-institute-khamenei-care-in-iran/

Michelle Obama Caught Spending $80,000 Of YOUR Money On THIS

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There’s nothing that the first lady loves more than spending Americans’ hard earned tax dollars on her own lavish lifestyle.

A few days ago, Michelle travelled to the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, Japan, and these visits did not come cheap. Reports reveal that Michelle spent $78,741 on rental cars for this visit alone.

This isn’t the first time Michelle Obama has spent tons of American money on herself, and it won’t be the last.


TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/29/michelle-obama-caught-spending-80000-of-your-money-on-this/

GreatFallsTV: Lisbon Town Coucil Meeting March 24, 2015


WE, THE STUPID

The war started in the 7th century and lasted through the 17th.  I would contend it never stopped but historically the facts below are correct. This is why I choke when I hear someone say we will defeat or contain these Islamic terrorists in a few years or even 30 years as recently stated by Leon Panetta.

If the latest batch of murders, beheadings, and killing of innocent Christians has shocked you, maybe you should read this compilation of historical facts about the hatred of Muslims.

WE, THE STUPID

This is all factually (and historically) correct - and verifiable:

In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell. In 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.

In 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.
This crap has been going on for 1,400 years and half of the politicians don't even know it.

If these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and Christianity could be non-existent; Judaism certainly would be, and let us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of Jerusalem was Hitler's guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians, Gypsies, and any other "Sub-Humans".
Reflecting:
A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.
Pause a moment, reflect back. These events are actual events from history. They really happened!  Do you remember?
1.   In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
2.   In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3.   In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach. It was blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males.
4.   In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5.   In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6.   During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7.   In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
8.   In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70-year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
9.   In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10.               In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
11.               In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim males.
12.               In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
13.               On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
14.               In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
15.               In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by - you guessed it was a Muslim male. (Plus two other American journalists were just beheaded).
16.               In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent people including a child killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.
No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.

So, ask yourself "Just how stupid are we???"

Absolutely No Profiling! They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males, alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

Ask yourself "Just how stupid are we?  "Have the American people completely lost their minds or just their Power of Reason???

Let's send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Alreds and other stupid attorneys, along with Federal Justices, that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves -- if  they have any such sense. As the writer of the award winning story  'Forrest Gump' so aptly put it, 'Stupid Is As Stupid Does'.

Each opportunity that you have to send this to a friend or media outlet... Do It!

OR SIT BACK, JUST KEEP GRIPING, AND DO NOTHING.
WAKE UP AMERICA  ...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

BENGHAZI PANEL: HILLARY CLINTON WIPED EMAIL SERVER ‘CLEAN’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested.

Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place. Instead of asking Clinton for the emails, Gowdy should look to the State Department, which is “uniquely positioned to make available any documents responsive to your requests,” Kendall said.

TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/27/benghazi-panel-hillary-clinton-wiped-email-server-clean/

VIDEO : See How A Tenn. School Punished This Boy For His Military Style Haircut

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An elementary school named after a veteran forced a 7-year-old boy to shave his military-style haircut.
Adam Stinnett admires his older stepbrother, who is a soldier in the Army. He told his mother Amy Stinnett that he wanted to get a haircut just like his stepbrother’s, so she obliged and took him to get one on March 8.

The next day, Amy Stinnett got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn., that upset her.

“I have the utmost respect for the military,” Monti Hillis, the school’s principal, wrote in a letter. “However, we are not a military school, and the boy’s haircut is against our rules.”

This morning on “Fox and Friends,” Amy Stinnett said (watch above) that she thought the email from Hillis was “bizarre and crazy.”

TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/27/video-see-tenn-school-punished-boy-military-style-haircut/


EDITOR'S NOTE:  PURE PROOF OF DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA!


 

SENIORS SEEKING SCHOLARSHIPS

 
Lisbon – Spring is the time of year high school seniors actively seek scholarships and grants to assist with their financial  planning of aspirations  after graduation.  Pictured (l-r) Abigail Curtis, Michelle Martin, Patrick Dexler, Johnny Yim and Connor Craig discuss the possibilities available to them by attending the upcoming Lisbon High School (LHS) Local Scholarship Night.  The event is scheduled in the LHS Library on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. on the campus, located at 2 Sugg Drive, Lisbon Falls.  Students and parents will have an opportunity to gather scholarship applications and personally meet with some of the representatives from the local organizations.   Throughout the years local support with scholarships for graduating seniors provided the additional support for students to achieve their post-secondary education.   FMI on other events and programs within the Lisbon School Department, partnerships in  education or volunteer opportunities, call 754.0021 or email mmillhime@lisbonschoolsme.org.  Photo courtesy of Monica Millhime.

DISGUSTING: Combat veterans face ‘cruel’ struggle to prove their service to VA, amid missing records

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Stanley Friedman was shot at. The ship he was on was attacked by enemy bombers. He saw a landmine blow apart a truck carrying two dozen of his fellow soldiers. One of them died in his arms.

But after he came home from World War II, he found himself embroiled in another battle — this time, with the Veterans Administration, as he tried to get his benefits.

In the decades that followed the war, Friedman suffered from anxiety, depression and nightmares which lasted his entire life, affecting his job and his family.


TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/27/disgusting-combat-veterans-face-cruel-struggle-to-prove-their-service-to-va-amid-missing-records/

U.S. Army National Guard Soldier And Cousin Arrested Over ISIS Plot To Attack Military Base…

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State in a plot that included an attack on a military installation in Illinois, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.
The two Chicago-area men, both U.S. citizens, spoke of using army uniforms and military knowledge to get into an Illinois National Guard facility, the department said in a statement.

“Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack,” Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in the statement.


TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/27/u-s-army-national-guard-soldier-and-cousin-arrested-over-isis-plot-to-attack-military-base/

BREAKING: US Will Allow Iran to Maintain Centrifuges in Fortified Underground Bunker

Guy Benson | Mar 26, 2015        

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    Behold, the current state of US-Iran nuclear negotiations. It appears as though President Obama really will stop at nothing to secure an agreement, putting the lie to his administration's "a bad deal is worse than no deal" posturing:

    TO READ MORE:http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/03/26/breaking-us-may-allow-iran-to-maintain-nuclear-centrifuges-in-fortified-underground-bunker-n1976727?utm_source=thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=

     

    Hillary Hit with Racketeering Lawsuit

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    A conservative group has filed a racketeering lawsuit in the US District Court for Southern Florida against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which accuses her of failing to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    According to The Hill, the civil suit, filed Wednesday by Freedom Watch, states that Clinton used her private emails to sell access to other officials in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    It alleges that, during her tenure, Clinton withheld documents requested under FOIA regarding State Department waivers given to businesses or individuals doing business with Iran, possibly undermining U.S.-imposed sanctions.

    TO READ MORE: http://gopthedailydose.com/2015/03/26/hillary-hit-with-racketeering-lawsuit/#

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    LISBON STUDENTS FIT FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING

     
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    Lisbon students experienced real-life scenarios of financial challenges on Wednesday, March 25 at the Maine Credit Union League Financial Fitness Fair held at the Lewiston Armory.   Students from Philip W. Sugg Middle School, Lisbon High School and the Gartley Street Alternative Education Program had an opportunity to attend the event.   Students meet with financial advisors throughout the session. Pictured front row (l-r);   Katherin George, Amanda Mason, Victoria Swan, Hannah Martel, Natalie Thomsen, Mahrissa Verrill, Alyssa Finlay, Makaila Tilley.  Middle row:  Damara Chesley, Lillian Johnston, Kasey Russell, Alexandra Sult, Logan Leet, Nathan Gamache, Ian Arsenault, Deric Roberts, Montana Hern, Hunter Williams, Olivia Leduc, Kyle Bedell.  Back row:  Brian Breton, Amy Sewick, Josh Smith, Trent Bundy, Riley Leeman, Alexander Graham, and Jessica Porter.  Photo by  Monica Millhime.
     
    Lisbon – “Students from Lisbon had another opportunity to participate in  a unique out of the classroom learning experience on sound financial planning and investment strategies, thanks to the partnership in education with the Maine Credit Union League and The MELMAC Education Foundation,” shares Monica Millhime, the District’s Community Resource Coordinator.  Students from Lisbon’s middle school along with mainstream high school students and their peers at the Gartley Street Program (GSP),  attended a session on money management at the Financial Fitness Fair in Lewiston.  The intense two and half hour event sponsored by Maine’s Credit Unions  invited students to engage in real-life scenarios into the future at age 22.   Students were provided with current market values of expenses and income levels at the specific  jobs of interest according to their personal participant profile.  Members of the area Credit Unions provided portfolios equipped with calculators, fact sheets, charts and spreadsheets for students to prepare their own monthly/annual budgets based on their lifestyle choices.  Credit Union coaches  guided students through the budgeting process and planning of the major expenses associated with the basics in life  including housing, food, transportation, education, clothing, investments, insurance, entertainment, home furnishings, cell phones and credit applications.  “Students were actively engaged with the various aspects of the program all morning, working together as teams to make sure they could meet their monthly expenses,” shared Millhime.  Students attending the program were accompanied by Millhime along with Brian Breton, Gartley Street Instructor, Amy Sewick, LHS Guidance Counselor and Jessica Porter, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Specialist at PWS and LHS.  FMI on events and programs in the Lisbon Schools email mmillhime@lisbonschoolsme.org or call 754.0021.  Find us on Facebook at Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools.

    LONGEVITY STIPEND

    The longevity stipend was established as an incentive for employees to remain working for the Town of Lisbon.  This program is in most businesses to retain continuous service by their employees.  It is very costly for companies to continually replace employees so this program is a cost savings.

    In this years proposed budget, there are approximately 18 town employees receiving longevity stipend for continuous service in increments of five years.  However, there are a few employees abusing the program.  I will provide some examples:

    Scenario 1:  Two individuals retired and were rehired the next day.  The first one retired on February 28, 2003 and the second one retired March 31, 2005.  Both employees were paid longevity stipend for the continued service up to the date of retirement.  Both terminated their service to the town in order to retire and were closed out as of their retirement date of all benefits and money owed.  Yet, they are trying to collect their longevity stipend based on this period of prior service in which they have already been paid for upon retirement.  Since that chapter of their lives has been closed out; they should not be allowed to use that period of service in the computations of continuous service.  The start date for the first employee should be March 1, 2003 and the second employee should be April 1, 2005. 

    Scenario 2:  There is an employee whose salary is divided by four departments because he is the head of three departments and works in a third.  However, the longevity stipend is recorded as Town Engineer as $1560.00; Public Works Director $1560.00; Solid Waste $1560.00 and Treatment Plant $2600.00 for a total of $7,280.00.  The longevity stipend is to be paid to an employee and not to position or salary.  This individual’s salary has been prorated between the four departments but yet the longevity stipend is not prorated and the employee will receive approximately $5,720.00 more that he should.  This employee should have his longevity stipend prorated between all four departments.  This will save the taxpayers $5,720.00 tax dollars.

    In this financial crisis, every penny that the town can save will help the taxpayers.  I do not know if all employees’ longevity stipend is computed accurately.  These two scenarios are the only ones I was able to find that in my eyes are incorrect.

    Larry Fillmore