Harpswell selectmen set Town Meeting warrant

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HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen on Feb. 19 set the agenda for the annual Town Meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., March 14, at the Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road.

Whether the town should sell the West Harpswell School to Harpswell Coastal Academy for $150,000 is among the decisions voters will make.

“It’s been a long and sometimes difficult negotiation. We spent 10 months getting to this point,” Selectman Elinor Multer said. “I think we are fortunate to be able to do this deal.”

Another warrant article pertains to the town’s memorandum of understanding with Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick.

“What we pay (to the library) is based on the number of the population and the increased cost of living.” Multer explained. “We just need to negotiate the small change in the agreement.”

The library appropriation will go to a floor vote.

Absentee ballots for the town election are available at the town clerk’s office. Voting will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Town Meeting. There are three uncontested candidates for re-election: Multer, School Administrative District 75 board member Joanne Rogers, and Road Commissioner Ron Ponziani.

“I hope people turn up so their voices can be heard.” Multer said of the upcoming meeting.

In other business last week, selectmen approved hiring Fred Cantu, current manager of the town transfer station, as an alternative code officer at an hourly salary of $20.50.

Cantu will continue his duties at the transfer station.

Selectmen also approved lettering on an ambulance leased to Harpswell Neck Fire & Rescue, which for the first time will affirmatively state that the vehicle is funded by town taxpayers.

This report was corrected on March 9, 2015.