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Showing posts with label Water Dept.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Water Dept.. Show all posts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

DEP Original Agreement with Lisbon‏

 
The Town should publicly disclose the detailed proposal to DEP. The 
public, Conservation Commission, Water Commissioners, ARWC, and 
environmental groups should have had the opportunity to provide input. 
Interested and credible parties with good working relations with DEP 
would have had a real opportunity to enhance the local environment.
 
Other communities around us are getting cash grants from the State of 
Maine for environmental projects. We likely would be awarded a grant if 
the administration was environmentally pro-active and not adversarial 
toward the DEP and local interests.
 
Lisbon has two models for managing our utilities and the results are 
clear. The Water Dept. is overseen by a board, with minutes and open 
public participation. Their public complaints and system operations 
issues are discussed and resolved in the open. The Sewer Dept. does not 
cooperate with the public on any such basis.  The environmental 
contamination by the Lisbon Sewer Dept. is the result of lack of 
visibility and accountability. For instance, there is no disclosure of 
the complaints from the Huston Park area related to the months of sewer 
line back-up or the system failures at the Sabattus River boat launch 
dumping perhaps millions of gallons of raw sewage into the river.
 
This clearly illustrates the need to keep the Water Dept. oversight 
structure. Bringing the Sewer Dept. under the same management would also 
serve the community better than the present system.
 
Submitted by: Steve Warren 

Monday, July 27, 2015

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2015 WORKSHOP



TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2015 WORKSHOP



 Lisbon  Councilor Chris Brunelle

Lisbon Councilor Dale J. Crafts

I do not know how many of you know it but latest Thursday, July 23, 2015 the Town Council held a workshop.  I am going out on a limb and say there could NOT have been many citizens in attendance since there was no notification. 



Of course, Chairman Pesce is going to say that it was posted on the town web site and he would be correct.  Below is a copy of the Agenda.  Please note that the day and the date do not match.  This is another example of transparency in Lisbon.



 (click on above to print)

It would have been nice to have heard the discussion on the Mill Street Dam and the Water Department Tower.  Once again that ship has sailed.  We all will have to wait for minutes of the workshop to come out.  Of course, the minutes do not reflect everything that was discussed in the workshop.





It would appear that Chairman Pesce and a few of the Councilors are so wrapped up in their vendetta with the School Department that they are not paying attention to their responsibilities.  It is the Chairman’s responsibility, in coordination with the Town Manager to ensure the Agenda is posted in a timely manner and that it is accurate.  That did not happen!



Chairman Pesce and Town Manager Barnes need to stop thinking of ways to justify their position on the School Budget and start doing what is right for the community.  That is what we are paying them for!



Wouldn’t it be nice to have transparency in this town; so that the citizens are kept informed as to what is going on in our town?



Larry Fillmore



P.S. There is a workshop, Tuesday July 28, 2015 7:00 P.M. at the Town Office.  On the Agenda is Trail Parking; Trail Signage; Fireworks Ordinance and Cameras – Fuel Pumps.  The original agenda was dated Thursday, July 28, 2015 but it is actually Tuesday.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Outstanding bonds answer from School Information Night‏

There was a question asked at the School Capital improvements information night on Tuesday that asked, and I am paraphrasing here, what are the outstanding bonds that the town currently has out, and when they will be paid in full?  Well, since the finance committee, and the town council who were present could not or would not answer, here is the answer.  This is straight from the most recent audit that has been posted on the town’s website under the finance department.  The last one is from November’s election. 


Type of Bond
Date of issue
Original Amount
Date of Maturity
Interest Rate
Balance
Town Bond
May 2009
$1,310,855
November 2019
 2.08-5.58%
$917,600
Town Bond
May 2005
$368,000
November 2020
 1.50-3.70%
$226,492
Town Bond
October 2006
$540,000
November 2021
 1.8-6.25%
$324,000
Town Bond
October 2011
$270,000
November 2021
 0.50-5.50%
$243,000
Sewer Bond
August 2004
$350,000
April 2024
1.93%
$192,500
Town Bond (LCS)
May 2004
$12,899,710
November 2024
4.41%
$7,739,830
Water Dept. Bond
October 2005
$3,000,000
November 2024
2.05%
$1,893,910
Sewer Bond
October 2005
$500,000
October 2025
1.43%
$325,000
Water Dept. Bond
October 2006
$393,000
November 2025
3.0-5.0%
$255,450
School QSCB Bond
July 2010
$350,000
July 2030
5.28%
$280,000
Town Bond
May 2010
$1,070,000
November 2030
 2.06-5.56%
$963,000
Water Dept. Bond
October 2010
$970,000
November 2030
2.06-5.56%
$873,000
Water Dept. Bond
November 2013
$650,000
November 2034
3.76%
$650,000


Submitted by: 'False Deluder'

Now this is what The Lisbon Reporter was created for. Where else can you go to have such great community involvement with activities and information in OUR Town?  A BIG Thank You to local citizen False Deluder for researching and bringing forth information for our community!!!

Outstanding bonds answer from School Information Night‏

There was a question asked at the School Capital improvements information night on Tuesday that asked, and I am paraphrasing here, what are the outstanding bonds that the town currently has out, and when they will be paid in full?  Well, since the finance committee, and the town council who were present could not or would not answer, here is the answer.  This is straight from the most recent audit that has been posted on the town’s website under the finance department.  The last one is from November’s election.  























































































Submitted by: 'False Deluder'


Now this is what The Lisbon Reporter was created for. Where else can you go to have such great community involvement with activities and information in OUR Town?  A BIG Thank You to local citizen False Deluder for researching and bringing for information for our community!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Recap Town Council Workshop - January 16th 2014

                            RECAP TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP – JANUARY 16TH
Last night’s Town Council Workshop was in my opinion very productive.  The atmosphere in the room was tension free for the most part.  There were only three items on the agenda and I will cover these NOT in the order presented but by the length of time devoted to each.

The shortest was the discussion pertaining to the training required for the Councilors on the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  A gentleman named Keith and I did not get his last name provided an overview of the program and asked Chairwoman Ward about scheduling a class for the Council.

Next, Interim Town Manager, Michael Huston, provided the Council with three organizations who would work with the Council to select a new Town Manager.  Mr. Huston provided the Council with years of experience on both sides of the table about how the process works.  He also provided some dos and dont's from his experience to help the Councilors to make this process smoother and less time consuming.  Mr. Huston’s presentation was done in a professional manner and I believe his guidance was well received by the Council.

The majority of the time was spent discussing the Water Department.  I have to give you background in order to follow this discussion.  At one time the town wanted to take over the control of the Water Department.  In order to do this, the town submitted a bill to the State Legislature for approval.  This bill was sponsored by Representative Dale Crafts and Senator Garret Mason.   


In order to block this attempt to take over the Water Department, the Water Department submitted their own bill to the Legislature.  When the two bills came before the Sub-Committee, the bill presented by the town was dismissed and the bill submitted by the Water Department remained in the Sub-Committee for review.  The Sub-Committee tabled the bill until the town and the Water Department had an opportunity to get on the same page.  

Now this Bill (LD1396) comes up for review on January 22, 2014 and the Water Department was asking the council for a letter stating the town was in agreement or had no objections to moving forward with a Water District this year and a combination of the possibility of a Water/Sewer District in two years.  By converting from a Water Department to a Water District would NOT change the current formation of the Water Department and will NOT raise the current rates of the Water Department.  What this does is provide more legal protection for the town with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  I did not hear any objection from anyone or the Council, that this is not a good thing for Lisbon.  

However, Mr. LaRochelle made it clear that the bill that was submitted by the town, sponsored by the two representatives of Lisbon and that the bill provided by the Water Department was sponsored by representatives of other towns.  Chairwoman Ward agreed with Mr. LaRochelle, the current bill was not sponsored by the people of Lisbon.  Apparently, the bill submitted by the town and sponsored by the town representatives did not meet the requirements of the Sub-Committee because it was dismissed.  So this is water under the bridge and we move on with the bill before the Sub-Committee.  

I cannot understand why, with everyone in agreement that this is in the best interest of the town, both Representative Crafts and Senator Mason are not supporting this bill.  It is a far cry from being finalized and no one is asking the Town Council to bless this bill, but they are asking that the town provide input to the Sub-Committee in order to move it forward. 

KEEP THIS IN MIND, BEFORE ANYTHING BECOMES FINAL, THE RESIDENTS OF LISBON WILL HAVE TO VOTE TO APPROVE THE CONVERSION OF THE WATER DEPARTMENT TO A WATER DISTRICT!!!!!

Larry Fillmore