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Showing posts with label Code Enforcement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Code Enforcement. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BUDGET CHALLENGE‏

In this morning's Sun Journal, Tuesday April 15, the Auburn City Council is calling for $million$ in cuts to the city budget.


I challenge the town of Lisbon's Town Council and Finance Committee to do the same.


Ways to cut:


Town Engineer:

MDOT is asking for  a $5,500 Trail Match

plus a $20,000 Trail Match.


Those $$$$'s should have been built into the $1,200,000,

One Million Two Hundred Thousand, dollars,plus Lisbon's

matching funds of $320,000, for a grand total of $1,520,000.

ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.

                         Savings $$25,500.


Savings could be realized if we had a Town Engineer that was actually a licensed Engineer.

Savings $$$ ?????.


Town Attorney:

Hire an attorney from Lisbon, Lewiston or Auburn instead of one who travels from Bath, some twenty plus miles each way @$150.00 per hour.

                       

Police/Public Safety:

The Police Department receives Forfeiture money that could be used to pay for assault rifles, document imaging, mobile radios.
The list goes on, But asks the taxpayers to pay for these items.
In a budget of $1.000,000, One Million $$$$$, the Town Council and Finance Committee should be able to find significant savings.


Redevelopment Department:

About 2 years ago former Town Manager hired a Town Planner to the tune of $20,000 per year, to develop a Route 196 Master Plan and Sign Standards, and to assist the Planning Board.

The Route 196 Master Plan and Sign Standards is almost

completed, just needs to be accepted by the Town Council.


Why continue to pay $20,000 for a Town Planner when we

have a highly qualified Codes Officer in Dennis Douglass?

The Planning Board has new direction, thanks to Town Planner, Amanda Bunker, and  we are paying over $55,000 a year for a Redevelopment Director, who also heads up the Moxie Festival.


This is a Duplication of Services. 

A savings of $20,000 or $55,000.


The town Council has asked the School Department to cut their budget.


The Library Department is already bare bones but is willing to cut hours of service, a savings of only pennies compared to the police department! ! ! !


Other savings ?? Readers, taxpayers?
          A Challenge ! ! ! ! ! !



Dot Fitzgerald

A Lisbon Concerned Citizen



TOWN REPORTS ARE OUT! ! ! !

And yes, my name is under unpaid taxes,

both real estate and personal property.

The real estate taxes have been paid.

I am struggling as are many others.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Agenda March 4, 2014





AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG

2. ROLL CALL
___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Brunelle
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Metivier
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

3. GOOD NEWS & RECOGNITION

4. PUBLIC HEARINGS

5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

6. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE

7. CONSENT AGENDA

2014-31 ORDER − A. Minutes of February 11, 2014
B. Minutes of February 18, 2014

8. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES

2014-32 ORDER − Review and approve Council schedule through June 30 and fiscal year (FY) 2015 operating budget timeline (Town Manager - 5 minutes)

2014-33 ORDER − Lisbon code book fee schedule amendment (Town Clerk - 1 minute)

2014-34 ORDER − Approve the charge for the Finance Committee recommendation to Council (Council Chair-10 minutes)
 
9. OTHER BUSINESS
 
A. School Budget Presentation (Richard Green - 30 minutes)
 
B. Trails Commission Update (Steve Warren - 10 minutes)
 
C. Discussion on direction for the FY 2015 operating budget proposal (Council Chair - 5 minutes)
 
D. Review and recommend process and timeline for Town Manager search (Council Chair - 15 minutes)
 
10. NEW BUSINESS
 
11. COUNCIL RESPONSE TO NEW BUSINESS
 
12. APPOINTMENTS
 
13. COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS
 
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
2014-35 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matters& Human Rights Commission Complaint

2014-36 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (D) Union Contract, Dispatch Service Agreement & Cable TV Franchise Negotiations
 
15. ADJOURNMENT
2014-37 ORDER − To Adjourn