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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Recap Town Council Meeting - June 3rd, 2014


RECAP TOWN COUNCIL MEETING – JUNE 3RD

At last night’s Town Council meeting, it was a very quick meeting.  There were not a lot of agenda items but a lot of appointments.

Consent Agenda – The Council voted 7-0 to approve the Itinerant Vendor permits for both Adria Groh and Rock Dawg’s LLC.

Under Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances the Council voted 7-0 to write off seven (7) mobile home permits totaling $2,794.39.  These mobile homes are no longer within the boundaries of Lisbon.  The Council also voted 7-0 to write off $9,368.80 of Personal Property because the town has exhausted all effort to collect this debt.

Under Other Business – The Finance Director provided a briefing on the Revenue and Expenses for the month of May.  Also, Mr. David Bowie was appointed Chairman of the Ethics Committee by Chairwoman Ward.

Under New Business – There was a discussion about the Public Works Garage and Mr. Olmstead provided a new brochure that is being used to explain the options.  I have included this brochure.







Also, Mr. Randy Smith, a resident of the town was awarded “Chef of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation.  This is not the first time Mr. Smith has received this award.  Most of you may not know who Randy Smith is but you might know him better as “Pinky D’s” food truck.  Congratulation, Randy!!!

Under Appointment – The following individuals were appointed:

Jessica Meakin – Library Governing Board
David Bowie – Ethic Panel
Thomas Whitney – Ethic Panel
Janet Tuttle – Appeals Board
Planning Board – Dan Nezol
Planning Board – Richard Long
Assessment Review Board – Richard Long
Civil Constable – Harry Darling and Harry Gorman

Also Richard Long resigned from the Appeal Board.

Larry Fillmore

Friday, May 30, 2014

AGENDA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014 LISBON TOWN OFFICE 7:00 P.M.

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 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
 
A. Adria Groh's applications for a new 6-month Itinerant Vendor Permit
 
B. Rock Dawg's LLC applications for a new Itinerant Vendor Permit, Victualer's License, and Use of Town Owned Property
 
5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION FOR AGENDA ITEMS
 
6. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE
 
7. CONSENT AGENDA
 
 2014-90 ORDER − A. Minutes of May 20, 2014
 
B. Minutes of May 27, 2014
 
C. Itinerant Vendor Permit - Adria Groh
 
D. Itinerant Vendor Permit, Victualer's License, & Use of Town Owned Property Permit
 
E. Renewal Victualer's License for Billy Harris d/b/a Bill's Place
 
8. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES
 
2014-91 ORDER − Review of Mobile Home & Personal Property Delinquencies
 
9. OTHER BUSINESS
 
A. Finance Director's Report
 
B. Council Chairman's announcement of annual appointment of the Ethics Panel Chairman
 
10. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION NEW ITEMS
 
11. COUNCIL RESPONSE TO NEW ITEMS
 
12. APPOINTMENTS

2014-92 ORDER − Library Governing Board 3-year term expiring June 30, 2017
 
2014-93 ORDER − Ethics Panel 3-year term renewal expiring June 30, 2017
2014-94 ORDER − Ethics Panel 3-year term renewal expiring June 30, 2017
 
2014-95 ORDER − Appeals Board 3-year term renewal expiring June 30, 2017
 
2014-96 ORDER − Planning Board 3-year term renewal expiring June 30, 2017
 
2014-97 ORDER − Planning Board 2-year term expiring June 30, 2015
 
2014-98 ORDER − Assessment Review Board 3-year term renewal expiring June 30, 2017
 
2014-99 ORDER − Appeals Board Resignation - Richard Long
 
2014-100 ORDER − Civil Constable - Paul Potvin, Harry Darling, and Harry Gorman
 
13. COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS
 
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
2014-101 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Board & Committee Interviews (If needed)
 
15. ADJOURNMENT
 
2014-102 ORDER − To Adjourn

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Town Council Agenda‏ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 At 5:30 P.M.

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
5:30 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. EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
2014-54 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (E) Consultations with legal counsel - DEP Consent agreement & Cable TV Franchise Agreement
 
2014-55 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matters regarding staffing levels
 
2014-56 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (D) Labor negotiations - Teamsters Public Works Unit
 
2014-57 ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6) (C) Potential acquisition of real estate
 
4. GOOD NEWS & RECOGNITION
 
A. Lisbon Emergency Recognition of Sergeant Stewart & Officer McGee
 
B. Moxie Festival Planning Update
 
5. PUBLIC HEARINGS
 
A. Proposed Charter Amendment to reduce the number of signatures necessary to call a Special Town Meeting to consider budget issues from 15 percent of the qualified voters voting in the last gubernatorial election to 10 percent of the qualified voters voting in the last gubernatorial election
 
B. Proposed Charter Amendment which will clarify that the municipality will follow and reference title 21-A for Election procedures
 
C. Proposed Route 196 Design Standards & Guidelines
 
D. Itinerant Vendor License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D's
 
6. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION FOR AGENDA ITEMS
 
7. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE
 
8. CONSENT AGENDA
 
2014-58 ORDER − A. Minutes of April 14, 15, 17, 22, 28, & 29, 2014
B. Renewal Itinerant Vendor /Mass Gathering Licenses
C. Itinerant Vendor License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D's
D. Renewal Liquor License for Angelo's
E. Renewal Victualer's Licenses
 
9. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES
 
2014-59 ORDER −Warrant for School Budget Validation Referendum June 10, 2014
 
2014-60 ORDER −Warrant for Bond Referendum June 10, 2014
 
2014-61 ORDER − Route 196 Design Standards & Guidelines (Second Reading)
 
2014-62 ORDER − Amend Section 2-507 Finance Committee established (First Reading)
 
2014-63 ORDER − Dispatch Agreement with Lisbon Emergency Services
 
2014-64 RESOLUTION − Stating opposition of FEMA's interpretation of Policy 9523
 
10. OTHER BUSINESS
 
A. Town Office and Library Operating Hours Survey Results
 
11. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION NEW ITEMS
 
12. COUNCIL RESPONSE TO NEW ITEMS
 
13. APPOINTMENTS
 
2014-65 ORDER − Accept resignation of (1) Regular Planning Board Member
 
2014-66 ORDER − Appoint current Associate Member to Regular Planning Board Member
 
2014-67 ORDER − Appoint Wardens 

14. COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS
 
15. ADJOURNMENT
 
2014-68 ORDER − To Adjourn to Budget Workshop
 
16. BUDGET WORKSHOP

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.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Recap Special Town Council meeting/workshop April 8th‏

                 RECAP SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING/WORKSHOP – APRIL 8TH

At last night’s special Town Council meeting, the council deliberated for approximately an hour.  When they came out of Executive Session, Councilor Bickford made a motion to remove Steve Warren from the Trails Commission.  The motion was seconded and the vote was 6-1 with Councilor Pesce voting NO.

Then the Council moved into a workshop and we listened to three departmental presentations.  The first was the Library which the Finance Director covered for the Library Director in her absence.

Next was a performance by Chief Brooks on the needs of the Police Department.  Chief Brooks wants the taxpayers to pay for two cruisers and one Animal Control vehicle.  Chief Brooks also wants a Document Imaging Unit; Voter Radio System and Mobile Radios.  These items qualify for the use of Federal Forfeiture Funds but Chief Brooks wants the taxpayers to pay for these items. 

The town is currently committed to $28,700.00 in previous Leased to Purchase police vehicles.  These are the same vehicles the Council approved and allotted tax dollars for the outright purchase of the same vehicles.

There was a lengthy discussion pertaining to Shelter Fees.  These fees are based on population.  The Council had numerous questions Chief Brooks could not answer so they asked Chief Brooks to find out the answers before a decision would be made on which shelter to use.

Chief Brooks also wants the taxpayers to set aside $20,000.00 for future costs in the Communication Center.

Finally, Chief Galipeau provided a briefing on the Fire Department which included an increase $9,469.00.

More to follow!

Larry Fillmore

Thursday, March 27, 2014

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP – MARCH 25TH 2014

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP – MARCH 25TH

This is the recap of Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting.  It started off with the Interim Town Manager briefing everyone on the negotiations with the insurance company pertaining to the fire at the Public Works building.

Truck – The town and insurance company have reached an agreement on compensation for the burned truck.  The insurance will pay $48,000.00 to the town and the town will keep the burned truck.  There are parts on the truck that were not damaged by the fire and the town can reuse them.  It will cost the taxpayers an additional $25,000.00 – 30,000.00 for the purchase of a new truck.

Building – There is no final agreement between the town and the insurance company but the insurance has offered $300,000.00 for the repair of the building.  The insurance company is also going to pay three months rental.  Currently, the town is paying $4,500.00 a month to Longchamps & Sons, Inc. for rental space.  The Town council will have to make a decision as to how to proceed forward from this point.  Mr. Olmstead presented four options to the council.  This will be added to next week’s agenda for more discussion and hopefully a decision.

The Council spent over 2 hours going over the four parts of the Public Works budget with Ryan Leighton.  These four are Town Engineer, Public Works Department, Winter Public Works and finally Solid Waste Department.

This was followed by the Parks Department budget with Verla Brooks, Park Ranger; then Mark Stevens with the Recreational budget.  These two budgets took less than a half hour. 

I personally believe there are three budgets that should be left alone.  They are the Recreational and Parks budget because they generate revenue for the town and they provide various services to all ages from Senior Citizens to the very young.  These two department heads never ask for anything that is not necessary.
 

The other department is the Library.  The Library has the Job Program and many many more programs for all ages.  Their summer reading program is excellent for our young people especially since the town closed the teen center.  The town does not provide any place for our teenagers to go for the past few years.  At least, these three departments provide some relief for our young people.
 

Larry Fillmore



Editor's Note:  It is unconscionable to see such a display of unprofessional decorum by the reigning council chairman for not have taken the initiative to provide a microphone for the interim Town Manager to use so that the taxpayers sitting at home watching could hear what is being said.  

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lisbon's Councilors To Ponder Plight Of Proper Use Of Forfeited Funds Tuesday Night







HOW TO SPEND $71,750.78 FORFEITURE FUNDS???????????



On Tuesday night, the Town Council will be asked by Lisbon Police  Chief David T. Brooks; What to do with $71,750.78 the community received in forfeiture funds from the U.S. Treasury Department?  These funds were turned over to the town because our police department did their jobs, nothing more.  As Chief Brooks’ indicated the Federal people took control of the case immediately. 

 (click on to enlarge)



 



Now the town council has three options:

1.       To utilize these funds as the council sees fit.
2.       To give these funds to the Police Department to use as they see fit.
3.       To give these funds to the Police Department in return for $71,750.78 of tax dollars which was approved by the council for such things as the purchase of two cruisers at $48,816.00?

So let’s review each option.  Option 1 is by far the best option because it allows the council to take care of some urgent needs of the community such as:

1.       Repair roads
2.       Resolve the boiler issue at MTM Center before winter
3.       Replace more windows at MTM Center before winter
4.       Restore service on Thursday at the dump
5.       Restore services that were cut at the library

These suggestions are not ranked by priority but are excellent opportunities where this $71,750.78 would benefit the whole community.

Option 2 is by far the worst option.  The Town Council approved a budget for the Police Department of $1,297,864.00.  This is over a million dollars to cover the operations of the Police Department.  This is a small community with many residents on a fixed income.  I dare say that the Lisbon Police Department is the most costly per capita in the state of Maine.

Option 3 is a viable option.  According to Chief Brooks’ the correct protocol is to provide forfeiture funds to the police department to utilize for things such as vehicles.  Since the taxpayers have already budgeted for the vehicles with tax dollars then these tax dollars should be returned to the community and Chief Brooks should use the forfeitured funds to cover whatever he wants.  The taxpayers should not have to pay twice for whatever Chief Brooks wants to spend this $71,750.78 on.  The taxpayers should be reimbursed their tax dollars to be spent for such things as outlined in Option 1. 

This is an excellent opportunity to see if Chief Brooks is a team player and will put the needs of the community ahead of his own needs.  It is about time the community came first in this town and that goes for the town council too.  This community has a lot of needs that this $71,750.78 could eliminate or at least reduce greatly.  So now it is up to the Town Council to see if they are going to use this windfall for the good of the community or the good of Chief Brooks.  Citizens need to watch closely to how each councilor’s votes on this issue.

Let’s see if Chief Brooks is a team player and puts the community’s needs first.  But more important is to see which councilors support their friend or put their community first.



Larry Fillmore



Lisbon Town Council Agenda For Tuesday October 1, 2013

                                                        AGENDA
                                         TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
                                       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
                                           LISBON TOWN OFFICE
                                                      7:00 P.M.


1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG


2. ROLL CALL


___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward


Town Clerk reading of meeting rules


3. PUBLIC HEARING


A. Victualer License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D’s


4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION


5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE


6. CONSENT AGENDA


2013-154 ORDER −
A. Victualer License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D’s


B.Minutes of September 17, 2013


7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES


2013-155 ORDER −
Fuel Bids


2013-156 ORDER −
Agency Liquor Store Relocation - Bootleggers


2013-157 ORDER −
New Agency Liquor Stores - Food City, Lisbon Gulf, and Rite Aid


2013-158 ORDER −
Forfeiture


2013-159 ORDER −
Winter Sand Bids


8. OTHER BUSINESS


A. Androscoggin River Trail Update


B. Town Manager’s Report


9. APPOINTMENTS


10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS


11. EXECUTIVE SESSION


2013-160 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matter - EMA Director


2013-160 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matter -Water Department


12. ADJOURNMENT
2013-161 ORDER −
To Adjourn

Monday, April 1, 2013

AGENDA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG

2. ROLL CALL

___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

3. PUBLIC HEARING
A. Floodplain Management Ordinance

4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE

6. CONSENT AGENDA

2013-48 ORDER −
A. Minutes of March 19, 2013

7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES

2013-49 RESOLUTION −
2013 Spirit of America Tribute

2013-50 ORDINANCE −
Floodplain Management Ordinance (Second Reading)

2013-51 ORDER −
Set Polling hours, locations, registrar, and absentee casting hours

2013-52 ORDER −
Award Town Report Bid

8. OTHER BUSINESS

A. Sewer Department Truck Referendum Question

B. Town Manager’s Report

9. APPOINTMENTS

2013-53 ORDER −
Library Governing Board Resignation (1)

2013-54 ORDER −
Registrar of Voters – Re-Appoint Twila Lycette (2-year term)

2013-55 ORDER −
Wardens for June Election

10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

12. ADJOURNMENT
2013-56 ORDER −
To Adjourn

13. BUDGET WORKSHOP

LISBON COUNCIL MEETING RULES

1. Please obtain a copy of the evening’s agenda and note the order that items may be acted upon by the Council (if this is a regular or special meeting where action may be taken by the Council). In some instances, the Council may elect to change the order of the agenda.

2. If the Council is holding a Council workshop, public comment is not typically allowed. There are occasions where some public comment may be recruited, but generally speaking, the workshops are reserved for Council members to educate themselves on and discuss a variety of issues facing the Town.


3. Note that “Consent Agenda” items (if there are any) are acted upon first, voted upon as a group, and will most often be voted on without discussion as these items often involve “housekeeping” issues (such as minor parking changes). On occasion “Consent Agenda” items are separated out as stand-alone action items by the Council to allow for more discussion.


4. The Council Chairman presides over the meeting. When the Chairman is not present, the Vice Chairman serves that function.


5. Action on agenda items. As each item on the agenda for any meeting is brought to the floor for discussion:
a. The town clerk reads the agenda item and the action being requested of council.
b. The sponsor of each item or, if there is no council sponsor, the town manager or town staff, shall first be allowed to present their initial comments for consideration by the public and other councilors.
c. Following this introduction of the issue, there will be time devoted to any questions of the sponsor or the town manager or staff regarding the agenda item which any councilor may have which would help to clarify the question presented by the agenda item. The chair may allow questions from the public during this time (4b), and no debate or discussion of collateral issues shall be permitted.
d. Once the agenda item has been explained by its sponsor or the town manager or staff and clarified by any questioning as provided above in (4c), the discussion on the specific agenda item will remain with the council and public comment will only be allowed at the Chairman’s discretion. The public shall address the item during the Public Hearing or Audience Participation section of the agenda.
e. The chair may, if the topic warrants, allow a second period of public comment no longer than two minutes per person, prior to final council vote. Second comments by the public must be to furnish new or undisclosed information or viewpoints.


6. If an “Executive Session” is conducted by the Council, State Statute prohibits public attendance for any discussion of the action to be addressed by the Council. Any action taken by the Council on any “Executive Session” matter must be acted upon in a public meeting, and may occur at the end of the “Executive Session” (which has no time element relative to the length of the discussion involved in the “session”).


Note: Detailed Council governing rules may be found on our website under Town Council.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Grand Re-Opening Of The Children's Reading Room At The Lisbon Library

 (Original story posted on the 27th. We Just updated it with photos. Enjoy!!!!!)


Dear Readers;


This morning I had the great pleasure of attending the grand re-opening of the Children's Reading Room at the Lisbon Library, Main Street, Lisbon Falls.









The room was filled with little ones, parents and probably a few grandparents.


Imagine a room filled with little children, all under the age of 4 or 5. All talking at once, playing, doing what little children do. Pure Joy! ! !






Ribbon cutting is normally done by prominent officials, town managers and the like.

Not when you have a person like Diane Nadeau, our own Lisbon Library Lady!


When it was time for the ribbon cutting, kid-safe scissors were passed out, and about fifteen or more small pairs of hands holding scissors, cut the ribbon to their own Reading Room.



After the ribbon cutting the children all gathered around, bean bags were tossed, and than it was story-time!

Again, imagine twenty little ones, all listening intently, while Jo-Jean Keller, another Lisbon Library Lady, made the stories come alive!



 Jo-Jean Keller


Do you, Dear Readers, know how fortunate we here in our town are to have a facility like the Lisbon Library with the resources offered, and staffed by the wonderful Lisbon Library Ladies?

And add to that, Dawn King, always ready to do whatever is needed. 

Let us not forget the Library Governing Board, responsible for the new sign over the door through their fund-raising efforts.  


The Children's Reading Room was musty and damp and badly in need of renovation. 

Before any work could be done, all the books had to be removed from the shelves, boxed and stored.

The process was reversed after the renovations. This all was done by the Library Ladies and Dawn King.


The renovation was done by a, F.C.I., local contractors. Exterior walls were insulated, new sheet rock installed and painted.


The New Children's Reading Room is warm and inviting. Everything is child-sized, and kid-friendly.


A place where memories are made!


Dot Fitzgerald




The Children's Reading Room is located on the lower level of the Library, and is easily assessable from Union Street.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

AGENDA TOWN COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012



AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG
 
2. ROLL CALL
___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Bowie
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pomelow
___ Councilor Ward
 
Town Clerk reading of meeting rules
 
3. PUBLIC HEARING
 
4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
 
5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE
 
6. CONSENT AGENDA
2012-155 ORDER −
A. Minutes of September 11, 2012
B. Minutes of September 18, 2012
 
7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES
2012-156 ORDINANCE −
Fireworks Ordinance (First Reading)

8. OTHER BUSINESS
A. Library Update
B. Moxie Festival
C. Banners
D. Boards & Committees Discussion

9. APPOINTMENTS

2012-157 ORDER −
Budget Advisory Board Member Resignation (Wierzbicki)
 
2012-158 ORDER −
Trails Commission Member Resignation (Henderson)
 
2012-159 ORDER −
Appeals Board Member Resignation (Holmes)
 
2012-160 ORDER −
Appeals Board Term expiring June 30, 2015 (Coughlin)
 
10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS
 
11. EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
2012-161 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matters
 
2012-162 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matters
 
12. ADJOURNMENT
2012-163 ORDER −
To Adjourn

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Town Council Agenda Tuesday August 7, 2012

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG

2. ROLL CALL
___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Bowie
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pomelow
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

3. PUBLIC HEARING

4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE

6. CONSENT AGENDA

2012-110 ORDER −
A. Minutes of July 17, 2012

7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES

2012-111 ORDER −
Library Air Conditioner Bids

2012-112 ORDER −
Solid Waste Wood Trailer Bids

2012-113 ORDER −
MMA Annual Election – Vice President & Executive Committee Members

8. OTHER BUSINESS

A. County Charter Presentation

B. 2012-13 Road Paving Schedule

9. APPOINTMENTS

2012-114 ORDER −
Planning Board (2) Associate Members (Lunt, Paradis)

10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS

11. EXECUTIVE SESSION

12. ADJOURNMENT

2012-115 ORDER −
To Adjourn

13. WORKSHOP

A. Davis Cemetery

B. Charter Amendments

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Help us Start a Career Resource Center at the Lisbon Falls Community Library!‏





Help Us Start a Career Resource Center at the Lisbon Falls Community Library!

 
JOIN US AT THE:
Lisbon Falls Community Library!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lisbon Falls Community Library
Main St., Lisbon Falls



We invite you to attend a community meeting to hear about this project and help shape its direction. We're particularly interested in hearing from those who have used their library to submit an on-line job application, or search on-line job banks, or any activity related to finding employment.
 

Submitted by: The Town of Lisbon

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Budget Advisory Member Recounts Last Nights Workshop

 Dot Fitzgerald "Founding member of Lisbon Concerned Citizens" pictured with Frank Anicetti "The Original MoxieMan"


A friend recently told me not to write a letter to TLR or act when you are angry or upset.

Right now I am ignoring that advice.

Attending the April 24, 2012 Overview of Budget Workshop with Budget Advisory Board were Town Manager Steve Eldridge and Town Councilors, acting-chair Lori Pomelow, Mark Lunt, Mike Bowie, Gina Mason and Roger Bickford.

I was the only member of the Advisory Board to attend.

Two members of the Advisory Board were noticeably absent, a "silent protest" as the Advisory Board is advisory in name only. Advice, suggestions, are ignored.

Questions asked are answered and explained as though one were a little child.

Departments on the agenda were the Library, Town Engineer, Town Buildings, Technology, Solid Waste, Finance and Town Clerk.

Town Manager and Council are considering cutting $10,000 from the Library, already bare bones, budget. That would mean eliminating the pre-school, head-start and summer reading programs.

The Town Building budget includes $15,000 for new roofing and $4,000 to replace the windows at the E.T. Smith fire station In Lisbon village.

The fire station has 9 windows, 3 are very small. I have been informed that the cost of roofing materials have, like, gone through the roof.

But, $15,000 for a plain pitched roof with no dormers or valleys seems a little excessive.

A friend said he just replaced 13 windows in his older home for under $3,000.

Yet, $4,000 for nine windows?

Town Engineer said the Public works roof is leaking. The E.T.Smith Co. roof is NOT leaking.

Why are they replacing the non-leaking roof, instead if the one that is leaking?

These will go out to bid, and if bids are lower the extra will go into the town's undesignated funds account. Another word for a slush fund! ! ! ! ! !

I asked why Town Engineer, also head of Public Works, Solid Waste and Sewerage Treatment Plant has unlimited use of a town owned vehicle?

In case of an emergency I was told.

Putting mileage, wear and tear, tires, town employees doing the maintenance, for his personal use?

And guess who will have to pay when the vehicle needs to be replaced due to high mileage, etc?

You guessed it! ! !

Deputy Fire Chiefs for Lisbon and Lisbon Falls use their own vehicles in the event of an emergency.

Why can't the Town Engineer do the same?

The cost for all town employees to receive a 2% wage increase, or as Eldridge puts it, a one-time bonus, plus step/longevity increases is a whopping $174,657.
(One Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Six Hundred Fifty Seven Dollars).

I'm sure they are entitled to raises, but can the taxpayers afford it?

We all are paying more for gas, heating oil, groceries. with no big pay increases

The Town Manager and Town Council living in a fantasy land. Are acting like Lisbon Taxpayers have money trees growing in their back yards!!!!!

And still we are not allowed to vote on the town budget. Wonder Why??????



Dot Fitzgerald
A Very Fed Up Concerned Citizen

Friday, April 20, 2012

Town Council Workshop April 24th

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP
TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. Overview of Budget with School Committee *If Needed

2. Workshop with Budget Advisory Board
a. Library
b. Town Engineer, Town Buildings, Technology, and Solid Waste
c. Finance
d. Town Clerk


If you want to see how your taxes are being spent you may attend this workshop but remember you as a member of the public are not allowed to speak at these workshops. You may observe, listen and learn.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Town Council Agenda for Feb. 7, 2012

AGENDA
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
LISBON TOWN OFFICE
7:00 P.M.

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG

2. ROLL CALL

___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Bowie
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pomelow
___ Councilor Ward

Town Clerk reading of meeting rules

3. PUBLIC HEARING
A. Pawnbroker Establishment License d/b/a Double Diamond Pawn

4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

5. CONSENT AGENDA
2012-10 ORDER −
A. Minutes of January 17, 2012
B. Minutes of January 24, 2012
C. Pawnbroker Establishment License d/b/a Double Diamond Pawn

6. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES
2012-11 ORDINANCES −
Chapter 24 Public Safety Article 1 Fireworks (First Reading)

7. OTHER BUSINESS
A. Charter Discussion/Budget Referendum
B. Municipal Budget Schedule 2012-2013
C. Lisbon Spirit of America Tribute
D. Town Manager’s Report

8. APPOINTMENTS
2012-12 ORDER −
Recreation Committee (1) Term expiring 6/30/2014

9. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION
2012-13 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matters – Town Manager Evaluation
2012-14 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (D) Labor Negotiations – MAP & Sergeant Units

11. ADJOURNMENT
2012-15 ORDER −
To Adjourn

12. WORKSHOP- Department Heads
A. Police
B. Fire
C. Library

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Flying High & Proud Librarians Sit On A Hot Roof


A summer reading program that began June 23 and ended August 1 sent a couple local librarians to the roof next door.


Jo-Jean Keller and Diane Nadeau Proudly Keeping Their Promise.

What began as a challenge for summer readers at the Lisbon Falls Community Library, quickly turned into reality for Jo-Jean Keller and Diane Nadeau as they "proudly" hold up their end of the deal by sitting on the Lisbon Falls Fire Station Roof. It was a team effort, by ALL personnel at the Library Diane quickly points out, to get Lisbon's youth to read more. The staff challenged the eager readers by stipulating that if they read more books than last year's program Diane and Jo-Jean would sit on the roof of the Fire Station for an afternoon. Both agreed that after the program began it was at about week 4 they realized that sitting on the roof next door was going to happen.


Last year the summer readers read 1221 books, and this year the children read 1460. Readers ranged in ages from 5-14 years old comprising almost 200 participants in the Summer Reading Program. Some of the 'hot' topics this year were Science, Technology, and Animals in books that the Library purchased. The new books were an inspiration in themselves with beautiful photos and updated information.



During the weekly visits, which were Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 5pm, staff at the Library would read to the group creating a well rounded learning experience. Their progress was kept track of on a graph were it was visible for each to see their own progress. Many of the summer readers improved their reading skills dramatically, enough that Diane and Jo-Jean both agreed that when school starts the teachers will even notice.

Great Effort Everybody!

Congratulations and Thank You All.

Story and Photos by Todd Comber



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Local Librarians to be Featured 'On a Hot Roof'

"By Rachel Ganong, Times Record Staff
Published:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 2:09 PM EDT
LISBON — Lisbon librarians Diane Nadeau and Jo-Jean Keller are summoning their sunscreen and lawn chairs after an intense six-week summer reading program at Lisbon Falls Community Library. Instead of a day off, however, these women are headed next door to spend a day on the roof of the Lisbon Falls Fire Department.

The pair has promised to sit on the rooftop if children can read more than the total number of books read during last year’s summer reading program. With 193 participants and 76 more than last year, they are preparing themselves for the possibility, even hoping for it, if it means children read more."

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

New DVD Titles Available at Lisbon Library

About A Boy
The American President
Atonement
Cast Away
Charlie Wilson’s War
Cheaper By The Dozen
Children Of Men
Dancing With The Stars Exercise Video
The Day After Tomorrow
The Devil Wears Prada
Dunston Checks In
High Crimes
The Holiday
Hot Fuzz
The Interpreter
I.Q.
Lemoney Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
The Man In The Iron Mask
Meet Joe Black
Rain Man
Reign Over Me
Rocky Balboa
Silence Of The Lambs
Take The Lead
Tears Of The Sun
The Trouble With Angels
Troy
Two Weeks Notice
Uncle Buck
The Untouchables
U.S. Marshals
V For Vendetta
Walk At Home. 4 Really Big Miles
We Are Marshall
West Side Story
Windtalkers