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Monday, October 20, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Agenda for 10-21-2014‏


TUESDAY, October 21, 2014


7:00 P.M.

___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Brunelle
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Metivier
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

      Town Clerk reading of meeting rules


A. Amendments to Ch. 70 -1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection
B. Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs
C. Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs 



      2014-219  ORDER −  A. Minutes of September 16, 2014
                                       B. Minutes of October 7, 2014
2014-220  ORDINANCES − Amendments to Ch. 70 -1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection (Second  Reading)
2014-221  ORDINANCES − Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs (Second Reading)
2014-222  ORDINANCES − Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs (Second Reading)
      2014-223  ORDER − Homeland Security Grant
      2014-224  ORDER − Solicit Bids for Thermal Imaging Camera
      2014-225  ORDER − Solicit Bids for Beaver Park Furnace
      2014-226  ORDER − Engineering Bid Award
      2014-227  ORDER − Asphalt Reclaimer Bid Award
      2014-228  ORDER − Installation of Poles and Cables for Banners
      2014-229  ORDER − CEI Support of Referendum Question 3
      A. Town Manager's Report




       2014-229  ORDER − Appoint Warden for November 4, 2014 election - Monique Gayton 



      2014-230  ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6)(E) Consultations with legal counsel 


      2014-231  ORDER - To Adjourn

The Maine Heritage Policy Center: Jinger Duryea named Chairman of MHPC Board of Directors‏

PORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine’s preeminent free-market think tank, announced today the election of Mrs. Jinger Duryea, president, C.N. Brown Company to Chair MHPC’s Board of Directors.

“Jinger will bring energy and enthusiasm to MHPC at a critical time for the state of Maine. Under her leadership, I am confident that MHPC will continue to grow and advocate fiercely for economic freedom,” said MHPC’s outgoing Chairman Peter Anania.

Anania served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from January of 2012 to October 14, 2014. Duryea joined MHPC’s Board of Directors in May 2007.

“MHPC could not have chosen a more capable Chair, in Jinger Duryea.  She is a successful businesswoman, a strong leader, and an eloquent champion of free markets. Mrs. Duryea brings with her a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of policy that will be critical for us in leading the conservative movement in Maine," said Chief Executive Officer Matthew Gagnon.

Duryea is the president of C.N. Brown Company, a South Paris, Maine-based family business that operates all Big Apple Food Stores and Red Shield Heating Oil locations throughout New England.  She has the distinction of having been the first female Chairman of the Maine Oil Dealers Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

United States Redneck Special Forces - USRSF‏

The Pentagon announced TODAY the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit called the United States Redneck Special Forces (USRSF)

These boys will be dropped off in Iraq and have been given only the following facts about ISIS
1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus..
5. They are directly responsible for the death of Dale Earnhardt.
The Pentagon expects the problem in IRAQ to be over by Friday.

Submitted by: 'Gordie'

What Is PAYT? Well Read This And Learn!

Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎October‎ ‎17‎, ‎2014 ‎2‎:‎40‎ ‎PM


After reaching out to the students who are performing this research, the survey is for everyone, not just PAYT municipalities. They have asked if we could please share the article and ask folks to complete the survey.  They are more than willing to share the results of their research after completion.  I would appreciate it if you could share this letter and link in the Lisbon Reporter.

My name is Travis Blackmer. I am graduate student and researcher at the University of Maine. For the past four years I have been investigating the world of Municipal Solid Waste. I began as a Maine Waste Composition Study project leader in 2011. Hand sorting waste was not a dream of mine as a child, but it was an eye opening experience that led to a great dialogue with waste and recycling directors at the Maine Resource Recovery Association 2012 annual conference and the  2012 ecomaine annual Board Meeting. We presented a common theme: the effectiveness of Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) at limiting the waste stream.

The towns utilizing PAYT confirmed our views. Towns that did not have PAYT had a consistent question: where does the waste go? Looking at a handful of towns we saw that waste tonnages were cut in half on average, but only 1/4 of that waste reduction ended up in the recycling stream. For larger Maine municipalities, that is over 100 tons of waste that had (or would be expected to) evaporate.

That would be a major concern. If the idea behind PAYT is to reduce the waste stream, the public mistrust of the actual effectiveness would reduce town and citizens’ willingness to introduce PAYT. The negative behavior most associated with PAYT is illegal dumping. No widespread occurrences of illegal dumping were prevalent among PAYT communities. In multiple cases the offenders were identified by the waste contents and fined accordingly.  There are other behaviors possibly accounting for the waste stream lost tonnage. Finding commercial dumpsters, composting, purchasing products with less packaging, more reuse, and burning trash are among some of the behaviors households could take that may explain this phenomenon.

Our web survey looks to capture how households interact and perceive the waste stream, what behaviors households are making in response to PAYT, and their general attitudes towards how their waste stream impacts the outside world. I am looking to survey towns that both have PAYT as well as towns that do not have PAYT. The distribution of this link to places where people can notice it with a abstract explaining its purpose is vital. Your willingness to assist in my research would be greatly appreciated. I thank you for your time.


Travis Blackmer
Graduate Assistant
School of Economics
University of Maine

Two additional articles in the bangor daily news on the same subject (cited and linked in the above article)

Gregg Garrison
Lisbon Town Council
Councilor at Large

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Maine Wire: 3,289 Mainers lose health insurance plans due to Obamacare‏

3,289 Mainers lose health insurance plans due to Obamacare
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 01:23 PM PDT
More than 3,000 Mainers are set to lose their current health insurance plans due to President Barack Obama’s unpopular and controversial health care law. The newest round of cancellations has affected or will affect nearly 400 plans in the small businesses and 3,289 employees and family members. According to the Maine Bureau of Insurance and a form letter […]

YES on question 1 !‏

Dear Editor:
“As Maine goes, so goes the nation?”  Then, why are we the last state to allow bear trapping and other cruel methods for ‘trophy’ killing (of) bears?  ‘Harvesting’, some call it.  We harvest pumpkins and wheat.  We kill bears.
Hunting is something, entirely, different.  It requires skill, knowledge and pursuit of prey.  There is no hunting in walking up to a restrained bear and executing it at point-blank range.
November’s ballot initiative is a no-brainer.  Please vote YES on Question 1 to protect our bears from these unfair ‘tools’ of baiting, trapping and hounding.  Maine does not allow these cruel methods for deer and moose hunting... why bears? 
Get it done; YES on 1 !  Let’s make Maine proud of us, not ashamed!
Thank you.
Anne Hilton-Sawyer
Ocean Park, ME. 04063

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014



Have you ever wondered how to be responsible?  I mean as a citizen, neighbor or community leader.  I have some examples for you to evaluate.  First, we will look at being a community leader. 

Chief Brooks is the Chief of Police and as such is a figure to look up too.  Just after hearing the news that the Undesignated Fund for the town is at 7%, Chief Brooks asked the Town Council to borrow $53,292.00 tax dollars to Lease to Purchase two police vehicles.  Chief Brooks knows that according to our town Charter, the recommended level for the Undesignated Fund is 12.5%.

Last year, the town Leased to Purchase two 2014 police vehicles.  This makes nine vehicles in the police department inventory including two police vehicles that sit at the schools daily.  Of course, if we did not borrow money to Lease to Purchase these two vehicles this year and one of your cruisers does break down then Chief Brooks could pull one of these school vehicles to use until the town could repair or replace the downed cruiser.  Or Chief Brooks could have borrowed money for only one new cruiser and saved the taxpayers some tax dollars.

Remember back in October 2013, Chief Brooks announced that the town had received approximately $71,000.00 in Forfeiture Funds to be used strictly by the police department to enhance its performance.   At that time, Chief Brooks had several items on the Capital Improvement Plan to include police vehicles.  All of the items on the Capital Improvement Plan qualified for use of the Forfeiture Funds.  Chief Brooks elected NOT to use the Forfeiture Funds for any items on the Capital Improvement Plan.  Instead, Chief Brooks used the Forfeiture Funds for such items as three (3) assault rifles; a GPS; balls and a ball launcher for the K-9; a Glock Auto Model 23; 40 Cal Gen4 with 3-13 round magazines; new Tasers and Officer training just to name a few items.  If the items on the Capital Improvement Plan are necessary, why didn’t Chief Brooks purchase any of those items first and then fill in with some of the items he did purchase.  Could the reason be that Chief Brooks acted irresponsibly and wants the taxpayers to have to pay for these items on the Capital Improvement Plan, like the police vehicles?

So now let’s look at what followed.  During the budget process the Town Council never made any cuts in the police department budget even though they knew Chief Brooks had Forfeiture Funds that he could use in lieu of tax dollars.  Last Tuesday, the Town Council approved $53,292.00 for the Lease to Purchase two police vehicles. 

How is the town going to get back on its feet or stop raising our taxes if Chief Brooks and the Town Council continue to spend money the town does not have?  The Town Council needs to immediately stop borrowing and restrict all purchases to items the town has money for and an absolute need to immediately operate. The taxpayers cannot continue to be forced to pay increases in taxes every year for irresponsible spending.

I personally do not call any of this being responsible or a good citizen, neighbor or community leader.

Larry Fillmore

Lisbon HS Track Opening 10.18.14‏

Lisbon – The Lisbon School Department, serving the communities of Lisbon and Lisbon Falls, cordially invite the public to attend the Lisbon High School’s Track Opening Ceremony on Saturday, October 18 at 10 a.m. rain or shine.  The track is located on the school campus at 2 Sugg Drive in Lisbon Falls.  Please join us for a Ceremonial First Lap around the track after the Opening Ceremony.  FYI the latest programs and events visit Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools on FaceBook or email

The Maine Wire: “Bangor Daily News lets blogger smear Uber with lies” plus 1 more‏

Bangor Daily News lets blogger smear Uber with lies
Posted: 10 Oct 2014 09:27 AM PDT
Bangor Daily News blogger Chris Shorr on Thursday published an outlandish and illogical attack against Uber, an innovative ride-sharing service based in San Francisco. As my colleague Nathan Strout has written, Uber just launched in Portland. You can read more about that here. But Shorr’s outrageous smear of a company that will offer valuable employment to […]
Uber comes to Portland
Posted: 10 Oct 2014 09:11 AM PDT
Uber – the international ride-sharing company headquartered in California- has arrived in Maine. The company announced on last week that its UberX service will available in the greater Portland area. “Between the awesome dining experiences, endless outdoor activities, and local microbreweries, we just couldn’t stay away,” reads a statement on Uber’s blog.  “Now, with the push of […]

NaturalNews: Breakthrough robot kills Ebola in two minutes with beams of light‏

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
A breakthrough hospital robot invented in Texas kills Ebola in just two minutes using powerful beams of light.
Why isn't every hospital in America using this technology? It also kills superbugs like MRSA:

The U.S. Marines (hoo-rah!) have just completed a massive training drill that simulates an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak in America:

Liberia, meanwhile, is about to enact harsh police state measures and cancel democratic elections in an effort to halt the pandemic:

Check out this interesting article on making your own vitamin C supplements:

Don't miss the new "Quest for the Cures" summit on natural cancer treatments, beginning in just TWO days. Register now to hear all the interviews with top doctors, naturopaths and more:

10 House Plants That Improve Air Quality
7 Best Foods for Moms to Eat after Delivery

Carcinogens Added to National Toxicology Report

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Leadership At It's Best!!!!

Umm!,  Ummm!,  Ummmmm!.

Click on photo. Submitted by: Councilor Cote

The Maine Wire: “Poliquin, Cain draw national attention” plus 1 more‏

Poliquin, Cain draw national attention
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 01:55 PM PDT
The race for Maine’s Second Congressional District between state Sen. Emily Cain (D-Orono) and Republican Bruce Poliquin is drawing national attention. On Thursday, Republican strategist Ford O’Connell and Democratic strategist David Mercer analyzed the race for FOX News. Watch the segment below: Watch the latest video at
Déjà vu? Maine’s top pollster shows shifting race for Maine governor
Posted: 09 Oct 2014 08:58 AM PDT
Maine’s top-rated pollster on Thursday released a new poll showing Republican Gov. Paul LePage leading the race for Maine governor by almost six points. Polling on the race so far has shown LePage statistically even with Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, while independent Eliot Cutler has trailed in third place. But according to Pan […]

TWB: Only American ground troops can defeat the Islamic State‏ plus more

Only American ground troops can defeat the Islamic State
By Matthew Continetti

Two months ago, President Obama authorized bombing Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq. One month ago, President Obama authorized bombing Islamic State forces in Syria. His plan: couple American air power with indigenous ground forces.

Alleged Ballot Fraud Ensnares Groups Tied to Dem Super PAC
By Lachlan Markay
A network of union-funded groups from Little Rock to Washington, D.C., working to raise the minimum wage in Arkansas have been implicated in a lawsuit alleging that operatives in the state forged notary signatures in order to get the question on November’s ballot.

Nebraska Democrat Stands By Work Defending Nazi War Criminal
By Adam Kredo
Democratic Nebraska Senate candidate Dave Domina, in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, stood by his work defending a former Nazi police officer stripped of his U.S. citizenship.

State Department Warns of Ebola-like Disease Outbreak in Uganda
By Bill Gertz
The State Department is warning travelers to Uganda of the dangers of exposure to a deadly Ebola-like disease in that country following the death of a healthcare worker in the country’s capital.

Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Oversaw Grants to Org Accused of Piracy
By Ellison Barber
Under the leadership of Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn (D., Ga.), the Points of Light Foundation facilitated the transfer of over $30,000 in grants to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization known for using controversial tactics to stop whale hunters.

Free Beacon Election Forecast: 51.7% Chance Obama Resigns After the Midterms
By Andrew Stiles
The Free Beacon election team would like to introduce our readers to KATE, our kinetic analytics technology emulator. 

Review: Ian McEwan's 'The Children Act'
By Aaron MacLean
Partially as a consequence of being much admired, the novelist Ian McEwan has also been much criticized. 

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her/Him’ Review
By Sonny Bunch
It starts with a suicide attempt. We see Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) cross a bridge in the New York, first on a bike, then on foot, then up and over the chain link fence.

 See Chris Matthews’ Hypocrisy on Display: 2008 vs 2014
 By David Rutz
MSNBC host Chris Matthews’ double-standard for former White House officials penning tell-alls when their boss is still in office was on full display this week.

Read more here:

Meet the Candidates Forum 10/21 At 6:30 PM‏

FMI Call us at 353-3000 EXT. 102
 or email us at:

Middle School Boys Soccer Results, 10/9/14, PWS vs Hall-Dale‏

Middle School Boys Soccer Results, 10/9/14, PWS vs Hall-Dale

The PWS Greyhounds demonstrated undying determination in a rigorous away bout with the Hale-Dale Bulldogs ending at 4-4. 

Bulldog offense struck early with the first goal by Alec Byron in the first minute of play. Greyhound Scott Smith #4 responded four minutes later feeding the ball to Striker Noah Austin #11 who fired in Lisbon first goal of the game. The half ended with two more Hale-Dale goals, Matt Albert and Avery Stewart each scoring. 

Lisbon returned after the break fired up, with strong plays from Jack Tibbets #8 and DJ Douglass #3 assisting two more goals by Austin three minutes after the whistle and then another with only seven minutes left of play to take the lead. 

Then with just under three minutes in the game Hall-Dale's Jared Roberts slipped a final goal in to end the well fought game in a tie. The [0-2-6] Greyhounds next game will be at home versus Cony, Thursday, October 16.

—Coach Reeves

Truths in Life
1) Everything that happens, happens for a reason. Luck does not exist.
2) In this existence we are either part of the problem or part of the solution. The choice is ours.
3) We aren't defined by our circumstances but by our reactions to them. Crisis reveals character.

NaturalNews: Real Ebola risk to USA is from Central and South America‏

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
Despite the current focus on air travel, the real Ebola risk to America comes from the possibility of persistent, uncontrolled outbreaks in Central and South America:

More than 200 airline cabin cleaners went on strike Wednesday in protest of having to clean up body fluids with no protective gear:

Ebola quarantine orders have just been signed into law in Connecticut:

Here are 4 facts about factory farmed meat that will have you avoiding the toxic food:

Check out these disturbing facts about flu shots that many people aren't aware of:

Do you know the difference between detoxifying and fasting? Which one is right for you?

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show 7-9PM EDT: RSB amd Dr. Frank King discuss the how to prevent the leading cause of anaphylaxic reactions in the U.S. Call with your questions at 1-866-939-2355. Listen in at

10 House Plants That Improve Air Quality
7 Best Foods for Moms to Eat after Delivery

Carcinogens Added to National Toxicology Report

Airline cleaning crews go on strike over exposure to blood, vomit and other Ebola risks
(NaturalNews) More than 200 cabin cleaners working at New York's LaGuardia Airport walked off the job on Wednesday in protest of what they say are poor working conditions. Citing the escalating Ebola scare as the straw that broke the camel's back,...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Great Falls TV: Lisbon Town Council Workshop & Meeting October 7th, 2014

The Maine Wire: “Higher Sales Taxes Will Drive Mainers to Shop in New Hampshire” plus 1 more‏

Higher Sales Taxes Will Drive Mainers to Shop in New Hampshire
Posted: 08 Oct 2014 09:51 AM PDT
On October 1, 2013, Mainers felt the sting of a 10 percent increase in the sales to 5.5 percent from 5 percent and 14 percent increase in the Meals and Lodging tax to 8 percent from 7 percent. It is well-known that Maine and New Hampshire are polar opposites when it comes to tax policy.  […]
Cutler, LePage and Michaud Debate
Posted: 08 Oct 2014 08:02 AM PDT
PORTLAND – The three candidates in Maine’s hotly contested race for governor gathered Wednesday morning at Portland’s Holiday Inn by the Bay for the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial debate. Public polling on the race so far has shown Republican Gov. Paul LePage virtually tied with Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, while independent […]

Recap Town Council Workshop and Meeting - October 7th, 2014


Last night started off with a workshop in which Runyon Kersteen Ouellette (RKO) provided an excellent briefing on the results of the town’s annual financial audit.  It was extremely interesting and provided great insight to how the town stands as far as financially goes.

Next, the Town Council moved into the actual meeting.  The following is the recap.  The following agenda items under Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances were approved by a vote of 7-0:

Ch. 30 Recreation & Parks Article III, Park Regulations Sec. 30-81 thru 30-90 Chapter 2 Administrative IV. Div. 19 Parks Department Sec. 2-465 thru 2-500 (Second Reading).

Ch. 46 Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places Article I. In General Sec. 46.3 (Second Reading).

Amendment to Ch. 70-1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection (First Reading).

Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs (First Reading).

Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs (First Reading).

Repeal Ch. 91 and add reference to Zoning Ordinance Division 5 – Sign.

Authorization to apply for Friend of Maine Libraries Grant.

Cruisers Bid – Chief Brooks receive approval for two vehicles at $53,292.00.

Fraud Policy – Was approved.

Personal Property Tax Write-Off.  The Town wrote off $249.90 of Personal Property tax.

Authorization to enter support agreement for Cisco devices.  The approval was for $788.00.

Set date proposed for first Council meeting in November on 11/5/2014.

Schedule the proposed Meet the Candidates Night on 10/21/2014.

Also, the Council awarded $4,000.00 to Eaton Peabody to look into the Utility Operations Proposal by a vote of 6-0-1.  The one was Councilor Brunelle did not vote because he works for the Water Department.

As far as the Fuel Bid, the bids were rejected and the Council authorized the Town Manager to negotiate it because the prices change day to day.

Under Other Business – There was a lengthy discussion on hiring personnel for the Public Works Department.  The Public Works Director was going back and work with the Town Manager to resolve the number needed and how to pay for it. 

Upcoming Events – The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Track is 10:00 AM, October 18th at the track.  The informational night for the public to learn more about the Energy Contract will be October 27, 2014 at 06:00-07:00 PM at the Lisbon Community School.

Larry Fillmore

Monday, October 6, 2014

There will be a Town Council Workshop @ 6:30pm followed by Regular Meeting at 7:00pm Tues. 10/7/14

Be sure to come an attend and learn about your town and it's current happenings. The current agenda may be found on the town website, Once again it was sent to us as a .pdf format and Blogger does not allow, only Word and .jpg files.

But the best Show in town will be to listen to Police Chief Brooksie  demonstrate the rational for spending gobs of money for NEW POLICE CRUISERS!  And how his creative financial lease to purchase program really works out in the long run!

Good Luck fellow Lisbonites may the Force of Great Leadership and Accountability take you farther into the future.

Town of Lisbon and Lisbon School Department Self-Funding Energy Reduction Project

Town of Lisbon and Lisbon School Department
Self-Funding Energy Reduction Project

The Town of Lisbon and the Lisbon School Department have come together, to find a creative way to fund much needed infrastructure improvements to our facilities.  Through research, it has been found that many municipalities and school departments have utilized performance contracting with great success.  

In January, 2014, the Town of Lisbon and the Lisbon School Department selected SIEMENS Industries to complete a comprehensive energy audit. In May, SIEMENS provided recommendations and detailed calculations for Facility Improvement Measures for consideration. 

Performance Contracting:

Performance Contracting is an agreement between a building owner (Lisbon) and an Energy Services Company (SIEMENS) that identifies, designs, and installs energy related improvements that pays for the new equipment over time and guarantees their performance.

Benefits of Project:

There are benefits for the both the municipality and school department:

·         The project has 100% no risk to the Town or the school department, whereas, the risk of the project goes to SIEMENS,
The performance of installed equipment is guaranteed. 

 Meaning, the energy savings from the new boilers, insulation, controls, gas conversions and ventilation improvements pay for the project,

·         Eliminates the need to go to  tax payers to pay for the improvements,

·         It is funded through a federally subsidized, Energy Conservation Lease Purchase, that saves the Town and the school department money over the term of the project; and,
·         If the Town or the school department were to have a shortfall in savings on the project, then SIEMENS is responsible for making up the difference in savings.
How the Funding Works:
Before Performance Contract
After Performance Contract

Payments to Utility Providers (100%)
Savings in Excess

Service Payments
Guaranteed Portion
Payments to Financing Institution

Payments to Utility Providers